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Research

Continuous Survey of Australia's Migrants

The Continuous Survey of Australia's Migrants (CSAM), also called the survey of recent migrants to Australia, measures the labour market outcomes of family and skilled migrants who have recently arrived in Australia or been granted a permanent or provisional visa since 2009.

The survey was first run between 2009 and 2011. Since 2013, the Social Research Centre has been conducting the survey on our behalf.

The Social Research Centre is an independent social research company with specialist expertise in social, health and government research services.

Migrants taking part in the survey are surveyed on 3 occasions to capture changes in their labour market status and measure how migrants have integrated into the Australian labour force.

We conduct the survey every 12 months. It comprises of 3 surveys  capturing information at the 6‑month, 18‑month and 30‑month stages of settlement.

The survey results provide reliable insights into the migrant integration process, and the extent of underemployment against the backdrop of a changing labour market.

Findings from this survey also help us to inform the size and composition of Australia's Migration Program.

Published results

CSAM 2013 onwards

CSAM 2009 to 2011

Further information

For further information including alternative accessible format, data and copies of the survey questionnaires, email surveys@homeaffairs.gov.au.