Who Cares about the Environment in 2006? is a survey of NSW people's environmental knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.
In 2006, people value the environment highly as part of their lives and almost 90% are concerned about environmental problems, with water related issues - water supply, conservation, management and drought - being the top environmental issues for the people of NSW, and climate change and energy issues growing rapidly in importance.
The 2006 survey also explores the concepts of 'environment' and 'sustainability' in more depth as well as examines the motivations, triggers and barriers people have to adopting environmentally friendly behaviour.
Who Cares...2006? - At a glance
Who Cares...2006? - Full report
The full report is in three (3) parts for ease of download and access.
First published Nov 2006 - DECID 2006/523
Republished Feb 2007 - DECID2007/2 with amendments
- PART 1 - Foreword, Executive Summary, Introduction and findings 'The Environment : What does it mean to people?'
070002WC06Part1.pdf (Feb 2007, PDF 726kb)
- PART 2 - Survey findings
070002WC06Part2.pdf (Feb 2007, PDF 1.7mb)
- PART 3 - Behaviour change and influences on behaviour, Appendices
070002WC06Part3.pdf (Feb 2007, PDF 593kb)
- Errata sheet - applicable to full report published Nov 2006 or DECID 2006/523. Incorporated in current version available by download above, published February 2007.
(Jan 2007, PDF 108kb)
Who Cares...2006? - Demographic Findings
The findings for each survey question in 'Who Cares' are collated and presented by demographic characteristic.
Each category includes a summary, abbreviated comparison tables and discussion of statistically significant differences. Categories presented in this report are:
Who Cares...2006? - Fact Sheets
Five Fact Sheets provide information from 'Who Cares?' on specific issues in an easy-to-read format. Topics covered are water, climate change and energy, air quality, regulation and waste. Each is 4 pages and includes demographic and segment differences and responses from the focus group research for each issue.
A longer 8 page fact sheet provides details of the community segmentation in 'Who Cares?' and the findings for each of the survey's behaviour segments on the full range of other questions on the survey.
Who Cares...2006? - Survey data tables
Detailed data, including significant differences between demographic groups, are provided for all questions in the Who Cares? 2006 survey by age, gender, education, residential location type, English/non-English language background and children/no children. Available for viewing in both A4 and A3 format. A guide to interpreting the data is located at the beginning of the document.
Regional Data Tables - a separate set of tables provides the results of all questions in Who Cares? by regional areas of NSW, based on Local Government regions. A guide to interpreting the data is located at the beginning of the document, along with maps of the regions used for the tables.
We welcome enquiries regarding the use and application of this data. Please contact the Community Education Section, Sustainability Programs Division by email email@example.com or phone (02) 8837-6000 to discuss your data analysis needs.
Other Surveys in the Series
Surveys have been conducted every three years since 1994. The 1997 report is available in printed form, 2000, 2003 and 2009 are available for immediate download.