Voices of Australia

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What is Voices of Australia?

Voices of Australia is a national study about important social issues. The purpose of the study is to improve our understanding of the diverse opinions of all Australians.

It is a great opportunity to share your personal views and to have your voice heard.

Who is doing the study?

Voices of Australia is an initiative of the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute, an independent organisation dedicated to social inclusion (www.scanloninstitute.org.au).

Since 2007, they have conducted the Mapping Social Cohesion Survey in partnership with Monash University. This influential research has been published and you can view the 2020 Report on their website here as an example of their work.

Voices of Australia is being run by the Social Research Centre (www.srcentre.com.au), part of the Australian National University.

Why is Voices of Australia important?

Traditional research is not always as inclusive as we would like. This study aims to give a voice to first and second generation Australians who are not well represented in surveys.

Results from Voices of Australia will be published in reports that aim to tell us more about Australian society and to influence key decision makers and policy in Australia.

What do I need to do?

To have your voice heard as part of Voices of Australia, you just need to complete a 15 minute online survey.

For most questions, you will be asked to choose your response from a list of options that will be shown to you. Occasionally you might be asked to type a short response.

Go to www.srcentre.com.au/voices and enter your unique password to start the survey.

Your login details are on the letter that was sent to your household. To be reminded of your login details, please call 1800 023 040 or email: voices@srcentre.com.au

Why should I take part?

Voices of Australia is an invitation-only study and your unique opinions are important to Australia’s future!

The more people who join, the better the results will reflect the views and diverse opinions of all Australians.

At the end of the survey, we will email you a Coles e-voucher as a small token of thanks. We will also share key findings from the study with you and let you know how the results will be used.

Why was my household selected?

A small number of addresses were selected at random from a public list of all addresses in Australia, called the Geo-coded National Address File.

The list is made up of addresses provided by Australia Post, the Australian Electoral Commission and other organisations.

View the invitation letter sent to your household here.

Who should complete the survey?

Just one person from your household needs to fill in the survey. They need to be an Australian resident aged 18 years and over.

Do I have to do the survey?

No. Participation is entirely voluntary. You do not have to provide a reason if you would prefer not to do the survey.

If you choose to participate, you can stop at any time. You can also choose not to answer any questions as you go through the survey.

If you do inform us you would like to withdraw from the research, your survey responses will be removed from the data file.

Are there any risks?

We do not expect participation in this study will expose you to any hazard or danger.

Some questions ask for personal or sensitive information about yourself or your household, but you can refuse to answer any question without negative consequences.

The Social Research Centre is dedicated to protecting your privacy and has a range of systems in place to protect you from any possible risk (see below for ‘How is my privacy protected?).

Are my answers confidential?

Yes, your survey responses will remain completely confidential.

Your responses will be securely held by the Social Research Centre. Your personal information (such as any details used to contact you) will not be linked with your answers so you can not be identified in any way through your responses.

The researchers will receive a data file that includes numerical and text-based responses from all participants. Any publications relating to this research will report on combined data, so no individual responses will be presented.

The de-identified data will be stored for a period of at least five years from the date of any publication arising from the research.

How is my privacy protected?

Your privacy is protected by Australian law. The study is carried out in compliance with Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014 and the Australian Privacy Principles.

Only the Social Research Centre has access to your contact details. These are stored separately from the survey data and securely destroyed when no longer needed. Any other potentially identifying information is removed from the data before it is sent to the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute and Monash University.

The Social Research Centre’s Privacy Policy is available (in English only) here.

Is the research ethical?

The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (ID: 13467). If you have any ethical concerns or complaints about how this research has been conducted, please contact:

Human Ethics Team
Monash Research Office
Building 3E, Room 111
Monash University
Clayton VIC 3800

Phone: 03 9905 2052
Email: muhrec@monash.edu

Further information and contact details

The research is being conducted by Anthea Hancocks, CEO of the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute, Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus of Monash University, and Dr Benjamin Phillips and Anna Lethborg of the Social Research Centre.

If you have any questions about the study, or would like to opt out, please call 1800 023 040 or email: voices@srcentre.com.au.

If you have any concerns or complaints, please contact:

Anna Lethborg
Research Director
Social Research Centre

03 9236 8500
anna.lethborg@srcentre.com.au

If you would like to talk about any issues raised in this study or seek advice or support, please contact one of the following services:

Beyond Blue (24/7): 1300 22 4636

Lifeline (24/7): 13 11 14