Australians Commuting on Average 48 Minutes per Day

By: McCrindle

The average commute time per day since this decade began has increased from 40 minutes to 48 minutes, an increased commute time of 20% shows the latest data from HILDA. Workers now spend on average 4.5 hours a week getting to and from work, a rise of 23% since 2002.
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Instagram Changes with the Times

By: McCrindle

One of the biggest stories in the social media world is Instagram’s recent announcement to hide the total number of likes on posts.
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The Fear of Leftovers (FOLO) is Gripping the Workplace

By: McCrindle

What is FOLO? The fear of leftovers or FOLO is gripping a quarter of Australians who say they are embarrassed to eat leftovers at work. Read more

Melbournians Willing To Trade In Their Latte Lifestyle

By: McCrindle

Voted the world’s most livable city for seven of the last eight years, it is little surprise that Melbourne remains the fastest growing city. Yet the cost of living, pace of life, traffic and travel times in Melbourne have become such a challenge that more than half of Melbournians (55%) have considered moving out of Melbourne, a new study commissioned by CLARA shows.
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The Rise of Smart Mummies

By: McCrindle

The median age of new mothers and mothers is on the rise as they pursue more qualifications, work more, and are in more full-time jobs.
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The rise of the ‘Kidult’ in Australia

By: McCrindle

The proportion of young adults, or ‘kidults’ living at home in their 20s is on the rise, new data from The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) shows.
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How to Lead Teams in Changing Times

By: McCrindle

Last year social researcher, author and thought leader Mark McCrindle spoke at an event called The Future of Leadership where he presented a keynote on the topic of ‘Leading teams in changing times’, in which he outlined three ways in which leadership is changing, and three ways in which leaders can respond. Read more

What Baby Names are Australian Parents Choosing this Year?

By: McCrindle

Each year, the states and territories around Australia reveal the top names given to babies in the previous year. Read more

Generation Z @ the #polls

By: Rebecca Hall

With a federal election taking place soon, understanding the perspectives of Generation Zs (born 1995-2009) is important as there are more eligible to vote for the first time.

Generation Z comprise 18.8% (4,693,341) of Australia’s total population. The proportion of Generation Zs within the age of voting eligibility (18-23 y/o) represents 11.9% (1,993,872) of Australia’s eligible voting population.* Almost three quarters of a million (728,828) who were not old enough to vote in the 2016 election are now 18 or older.

In NSW, of the 5 million eligible voters (5,336,874), there are now 630,241 Generation Zs who are old enough to vote. More than double that of the last election in March 2015 (338,022).

What influences their vote?

To understand what influences Generation Z’s vote, it is important to first understand who they are and what influences them. For Generation Z, coming of age in the 21st Century has created a unique generation that has been influenced by the Global Financial Crisis to growing cultural diversity, from global brands to social media and a digital world.

Generation Z are the most materially endowed, technologically saturated and formally educated generation our world has ever seen. On average they will live longer, stay in education later, and work across more careers than any prior generation. All these characteristics will affect how they vote.

In the nearly 24 years of their lifespan they have seen more change than any cohort before them. They began their life in the internet era but are being shaped in the world of mobile devices and social media. With the youngest entering their teen years, their lexicons are filled with terms that didn’t exist at their birth: apps, tweets, memes, tablets, smartphones and cloud computing. The confluence of these trends has so transformed their society. It is radically different to the times that shaped their parents’ and unrecognisable to the world their grandparents first knew.

For politicians looking for this emerging generation’s vote, it would benefit to understand their defining attributes. Observing is key to engaging this post-literate, multi-modal and tech-savvy generation.

Australia’s Generation Z, coming of age in the 21st Century, are alive at an amazing time in human history. Being at the start of their lives, they have amazing opportunities. Unimaginable just a generation ago. They respond to a leadership style of consensus and collaboration rather than structure and hierarchy. Their perspectives are global. It is social influence not just expert advice that shapes them. This is significantly different from what the politicians standing for election have experienced.

Understanding the worldviews of their younger constituents will be a challenge but one that can be overcome.

“This generation of young Australians are tuned in to political activism but tuned out to traditional politics,” states Social Researcher Mark McCrindle. “The challenge for today’s politicians is to engage with this generation who are democratically empowered but outside of the democratic voting process.”

*Eligible voting population comprise of Australian citizens who are 18 years old and above.

Article supplied with thanks to McCrindle.

About the Author: McCrindle are a team of researchers and communications specialists who discover insights, and tell the story of Australians – what we do, and who we are.

Driving Australia Towards 2020

By: Rebecca Hall

There are 4 vehicles for every 5 Australians

New data shows Australians are attached to their vehicles. In 2018, our population of 25 million residents owned a total 19 million vehicles according to the latest ABS Survey of Motor Vehicle Use. Read more