Job applications were sent to seventy-six private and seventy-six public companies. Applicants were identified as Australian or Yugoslav born and half of each of these two groups were identified as ex short-term prisoners, the remaining half carried no criminal identification.
Neither ethnic background nor criminal history had a significant effect on time taken to reply to the application, percentage of replies or percentage of negative replies. These statements are equally true of both public and private companies.
The only significant finding was an interaction of ethnic background — criminal background with respect to non-replies. This was interpreted as a courtesy factor.