Questions and answers
Why is the survey being conducted?
Many people want to understand how COVID-19 has changed people’s circumstances. There is speculation that it might continue to harm the Territory’s population growth. Perhaps it has made the Territory more attractive to people living interstate, both as a place to visit or as a migration destination. Perhaps it might keep people here. There is very little information helping governments, businesses, support services and the community to know more about how our population might change in response to the impacts of the pandemic. The survey is being run to help fill the information gap.
Who can participate?
If you are over the age of 18 years then you can participate, regardless of whether you completed the original survey. We are interested in understanding people’s decisions to migrate, whether that is to the Territory, or from the Territory to somewhere else in Australia or somewhere else overseas.
The survey will take between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on how much you want to share. On average people complete the question in 15 minutes.
Are my answers confidential?
Although we are researching on behalf of Government, we assure you that we are completely independent and that your information will be stored securely at the university. As qualified, independent researchers at CDU, we have our own Human Research Ethics clearance (clearance number H18091). This means we are legally not allowed to give out any of your details or individual responses to the Government, another organisation or another person.
You can exit the survey at any time, but any completed answers will still be used in the research. However, if you change your mind about participating, even after you have completed the survey, you can contact us through this email link email@example.com and ask us to remove your answers from the research analysis and reporting.
Will you collect my name and contact details?
You can complete the survey without providing your name or contact details. But everyone who participates has the chance to win a gift voucher of their choice worth AUD $500 and two supplementary vouchers worth AUD $100 each. You can only go into the draw if you decide to provide your contact details (i.e. we can’t contact the winner if we do not have their details). You do not have to give us your full name, and we ask for either a telephone or email contact.
Entering the draw is your decision, but by doing so, you also agree to potential future contact from the researchers. However, most people will not be contacted at all.
Your name and contact details will be separated from the rest of the information and stored securely, which means even the researchers cannot link your name to your responses.
What does the survey navigation look like?
Clicking on the first NEXT button provides your consent to participate in the survey, and for us to use your answers in the research.
You move through the survey by answering the questions, and to the next page by clicking the NEXT button. If you want to change an answer you can scroll back to previous questions on the page or click the PREVIOUS button to go back to a previous page of questions.
Questions marked with * are compulsory and require an answer. You will be taken back to these if they are left blank. When this happens to you, answer the question and then scroll back and press the NEXT button again.
Other questions are not compulsory, but the more questions you answer the better the research results will be. All questions give us valuable information and contribute to a better source of knowledge on which to base future decisions by Government, businesses and other organisations.
You can exit the survey at any time by clicking the EXIT THIS SURVEY button on the top right of the page. If it doesn’t appear, you may have to use the scroll bar to scroll up to where it is located. Any answers you have already completed will be saved and used in the research.
What if I have concerns about the survey?
You can contact the researchers via this email link firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any other concerns about the research process, the confidentiality of your responses, or the security of your information you can also contact the University’s Ethics Committee via the following email link and mention the clearance number (clearance number H18091) email@example.com
When will the results be published?
We expect to publish a number of snapshots before Christmas 2020. A public version of all reports will be made available on “The Territory and Me” website. These will be published here.
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