How to participate

What will the research involve?

All Mount Dandenong residents are invited to participate in the project. You can choose the extent to which you are involved in this project. You may choose to only participate in the survey; or in the survey and the first interview; or the survey and both interviews.

Mount Dandenong residents will be delivered a survey in the coming weeks. We estimate the survey will take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. A pre-paid envelope will be enclosed to make it easy for you to return the survey.

If you would like to be involved in one or both interviews, please complete the section at the end of the survey. Interviews will be conducted at your residential property, arranged during bushfire season, at a time most convenient for you. Interviews will take 1 hour to complete and will be audio-recorded.

The first interview will ask questions about the activities your household has undertaken to prepare for bushfire (such as vegetation management, building maintenance, insurance, and keeping up to date with bushfire advice).

The second interview seeks to understand what might be preventing households from doing more to prepare for bushfire. The interview will ask questions relating to lifestyle values, bushfire risk perception, authorities and their management of bushfire risk, household decision-making and daily concerns, and bushfire experience.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. Should you wish to withdraw at any stage, or to withdraw any unprocessed data you have supplied, you are free to do so without prejudice.

What’s in it for me?

This is a chance for you to contribute your voice to leading research into bushfire preparedness. In addition, each research stage has some incentives. Survey entrants go in a draw to win one of four $50 shopping vouchers. If you participate in the first interview you will go in the draw to win one of two $50 restaurant vouchers. Participants in the final interview will go in the draw to win one of two hampers of local produce worth $50 each. Winners will be notified by phone shortly after each research stage.

Once this research has been completed, a brief summary of the findings will be made available online. Alternatively, you can contact Colette directly if you would like a hard copy posted to you.

How will my confidentiality be protected?

Your responses will be treated as highly confidential. Your name and contact details will be kept in password-protected computer files. Your identities will be protected through the use of pseudonyms in all reported findings, and we will remove any references to personal information that might allow someone to guess your identity. Under Australian law, responses and data can be subpoenaed or subjected to freedom of information acts, though we foresee this to be highly unlikely.

How do I agree to participate?

A survey will be delivered to your door in the coming weeks. Please complete the survey and return it using the envelope provided.

If you are willing to participate in the interview stages please tick the appropriate box at the end of the survey and provide your contact details. Colette will contact you at the start of bushfire season to arrange a convenient interview time.

If for whatever reason you have not received a survey and you would like to participate, please contact Colette on c.mortreux@student.unimelb.edu.au.