Sustainability Framework


 The CSIRO community survey, funded by Australian Eggs, is part of a three-year program examining the relationship between the egg industry and the Australian community.

All Australian residents aged 18 years or older are invited to participate. The community survey covers the impacts and contributions of the egg industry across areas such as the environment, animal welfare, food security, and livelihoods.

Completing the survey provides an opportunity for the community to inform the Australian egg industry’s decision making. Alongside this open invitation for community members to have their say, views from a sample of around 5,000 Australians are collected.

The 2020 community survey is now closed. The 2020 Australian Egg Industry Community Research Report is published further below.


The Framework

The Australian Egg Industry Sustainability Framework aims to generate more productive engagement with the Australian community and drive continuous improvement within the industry.

Transparency is the cornerstone of building community trust and acceptance as people want access to accurate information to know how their food is produced or products manufactured.

Community expectations are constantly evolving and this extends beyond mainstream consumer purchasing decisions to much broader questions about how industries conduct themselves.

In response to this dynamic, Australian Eggs asked the CSIRO to design a comprehensive research program over three years. The research is intended to provide the egg industry with a better understanding of community attitudes, and communities with a better understanding of the egg industry.

The roles

The process is being driven by Australian Eggs but the research is conducted independently by the CSIRO. Put simply, the CSIRO does the research and the egg industry decides what to do with it.


The community is the Australian public. The process explores community views on egg industry issues through a statistically representative sample of over 5,000 people as well as an ‘open call’ to participate for anyone that is interested.


Australia’s leading science agency conducts the research by engaging with stakeholders directly, collecting survey data, analysing it and providing it to Australian Eggs in a useable format. While the CSIRO is being paid by Australian Eggs to conduct the research, the CSIRO governance structure protects research integrity and the independence of its science outputs.

Australian Eggs

Australian Eggs is the research and development corporation for the egg industry and it will support the CSIRO by providing information about the industry and making the research outputs publicly available. After the work of the CSIRO is completed, Australian Eggs will engage with industry stakeholders to ensure the Sustainability Framework Report has their input.

Egg Industry

The egg industry includes egg farming businesses and other businesses along the supply chain such as veterinarians, feed companies and representative bodies. Australian Eggs commits to transparent reporting of the CSIRO’s findings so interested parties can understand why and how the egg industry is responding to the research.

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The research

In 2020, the CSIRO research team built on the findings from the Australian Egg Industry Research Report released in 2018 and 2019 to obtain a deeper understanding of community attitudes to the egg industry.

The research was conducted using a survey of Australians through a statistically representative sample of over 5,000 people as well as an ‘open call’ to participate for anyone that is interested. The goal is to examine industry issues, both positive and negative, from multiple angles to understand the values driving community attitudes.

In 2020, the CSIRO extended the research process in two important ways:

  • The survey refined and repeated key measures from the 2018 and 2019 surveys that were found to be central to community confidence in the Australian egg Industry, to allow comparison over time
  • The survey included new aspects to better understand community attitudes on the priority issues identified through the research program, as well as current and emerging issues, such as COVID-19.


The Australian Egg Industry Community Research Report is available by clicking on the image below or this link. The report describes the key findings from a national survey conducted by the CSIRO.

The community survey included a representative sample of Australians collected through a research panel and an open sample that accessed the survey through the CSIRO and Australian Eggs websites. This report is an overview of the community research findings for ease of access. Part 2 of the report contains the responses to every question in the survey and is available at this link.


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Learn more and have your say

Visit the CSIRO’s website to sign-up for updates.

If you have any questions about the Sustainability Framework, please get in touch via [E-Mail via form] or (02) 9409 6999.

Any concerns about the conduct of this project can be raised with the CSIRO’s Manager of Social Responsibility and Ethics via [E-Mail via form] or (07) 3833 5693.

To find out more about the Australian egg industry click here.

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