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  • Qualitative Research
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  • Social and Government Research
  • Strategic Consulting
Company NameThe Social Research Centre
Head officeLevel 9 277 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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Phone03 9236 8500
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Year your company was established2000
General information

The Social Research Centre provides the Australian social research community with access to world-class survey research services and a full range of survey design, survey data management, statistical consulting, analytical thinking and qualitative methodologies. Our motivation stems from the desire to collect data of the highest quality, undertake research in the public good, enhance knowledge and contribute to improved service delivery and informed decision-making. Our goal is to be internationally acknowledged as a ‘centre for excellence’ in social research.

The Social Research Centre is owned by the Australian National University (ANU) and enjoys unprecedented access to ANU researchers and ANU’s world-class research environment. We operate a 126-station Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing call centre and employ over 70 permanent staff, including 50 research and analytical staff. The Social Research Centre has also established the Life in Australia™ panel - Australia’s first national probability-based online panel.

Number of full-time personnel70
Key personnel

Darren Pennay (Chief Executive Officer and Head of Research)
Graham Challice (Executive Director, Major Projects)
Paul Myers (Executive Director, Quantitative Research Consulting)
Karen Kellard (Executive Director, Qualitative Research Unit)
Pam Muth (Executive Director, Education Research and Strategy)
Benjamin Phillips (Senior Research Director, Survey Methodology)
Janine Reid (Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary)
Dina Neiger (Chief Statistician)
Rob Sturgeon (Chief Information Officer)
Grant Lester (Director of Operations)

Research specialisation

Australian society
Education and training perceptions and outcomes
Health and well-being
Employment transitions and the labour market
Research and evaluation methods
Business and employers
Social marketing campaign evaluation
Marginalised and vulnerable communities
Service experience and outcomes