Blue Shield Australia impact survey

The purpose of this survey is to quantify the impact of the bushfires and extreme weather events experienced across Australia from 1 November 2019 to 31 January 2020. The information will be aggregated to provide an overall cost to the sector of natural disasters this season. A report will be published on the Blue Shield Australia website. We will not identify individual institutions' results.

The questions in the survey relate to visitor numbers, building closures, staff absences, technical issues, impact on collections and on revenue. Please respond on behalf of your institution, rather than on an individual or department basis. 

There are 20 questions and it should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. All questions are optional, so if you don't know the answer, move on to the next.

Deadline for responses is close of business Monday 30 March, 2020 - extended to Thursday 9 April. If you have any questions, please contact info@blueshieldaustralia.org.au.

Thank you for participating in this survey. Your response will help us advocate for greater future investment by government in disaster preparedness for cultural institutions.

Blue Shield Australia is supported by the Australian Society of Archivists, ICOM Australia, Australia ICOMOS, the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material, the Australian Museums and Galleries Association, the Federation of Australian Historical Societies and the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives.

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* 1. Please enter the name of your institution (and the name of your particular location if your institution has several sites).

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* 3. Who is the best contact for any follow up to this survey?

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* 4. How serious would you say the impact of bushfires and extreme weather conditions during the period has been for your institution?

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* 5. How many visitors did you anticipate versus the actual number between 1 November 2019 and 31 January 2020?

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* 6. Were any of your buildings damaged or destroyed during the period? If no, leave the box blank. If yes, please briefly describe the cause and damage.

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* 7. If buildings were damaged or destroyed, please provide a dollar estimate of the cost of repair or replacement.

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* 8. Did you close your building to the public as a result of fire and weather events during the period?

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* 9. If yes, for how many normal opening hours was your building closed?

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* 10. Were there any unplanned staff absences due to fire and weather events eg staff absences to protect property, staff granted leave during building closures etc?

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* 11. If yes, how many staff experienced absences?

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* 12. If yes, what is the estimate of the total hours of absence resulting from these events?

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* 13. Was there any noticeable impact on your plant/equipment, for example air conditioners? If no, leave the box blank. If yes, please provide brief details.

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* 14. If there was damage to your plant/equipment eg air conditioners, what impact did this have on your service delivery? Please provide brief details.

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* 15. Did your institution need to buy additional equipment eg improved filtration, additional air quality testing kit, and if so, at what cost?

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* 16. Was there any impact on your collection items (your own items or items on loan for exhibitions)? 

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* 17. Has there been an impact on your revenue for times of closure, as a result of reduced visitation and/or for other reasons? If no, leave the box blank. If yes, please provide an estimate of the dollar value - positive or negative.

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* 18. Did the bushfires or weather events impact your institution in any other ways? 

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* 19. What is the most important help you need now?

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* 20. What is the most important help you anticipate needing in the year ahead?

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* 21. Any other comments?

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* 22. If you would like to receive a copy of the final report to your inbox, please provide your email address.

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