The Australian Parochialism Index!

Are the States really different?  It won’t be long before the State of Origin thrusts us once more into the age old (well maybe 25 years) rivalry between the NSW Blues and QLD Maroons. But, as fundraisers do we really need to treat our donors differently just because of the State they live in? When did we decide that despite all our sophisticated segmentation, that arbitrary state lines determine the ask they get and the way they are treated by charities they support.

We set out to uncover the importance of State identity to people. This wasn’t about their giving but about how they felt about the state they live in.

  • Overall 50% agreed that they felt “proud to live in this State”: WA was the highest at 64% and NSW the lowest at 42%.
  • People in SA (46%) and WA (43%) were much more likely to say that “people in other States don’t understand us” (average 23%).
  • 57% of West Australians say “we are different from the rest of the country” compared to an average of 29%.
  • Of some concern was the fact that overall 39% of all states agreed or strongly agreed that “we are not in control of our own destiny in this State”. Again this was highest in SA and WA, lowest in Victoria and similar between and QLD.
  • 56% think they live in the best state: highest for WA (71%) and lowest for NSW (48%).
  • Perhaps the area of greatest difference though is in the expression of “we are not in the nationalo priorities” with overall 44% agreeing with this statement but 63% of Western Australians and 61% of South Australians agreeing.
  • When it comes to the needs of the States most people from all States agree (70%) that “our needs are similar to other areas of Australia”.

So, whilst WA and SA have a stronger sense of identity, even in those areas people would agree that the needs of the disabled, for example, are the same there as in other states. We also explored attitudes to local, state and national charities across the country but that is another blog!

From all of this we concluded that perhaps we should change the number plate straplines a bit:

Queensland – Take us seriously!
Tasmania – Don’t forget about us!
WA – What are you doing with all our money?
South Australia – This is the best place – but don’t tell anyone!
Victoria – We are just a bit more classy.
ACT – We aren’t ALL public servants!
NT – We really are different.
NSW – What is everyone on about?

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June 2024