Are there any risks and benefits to me in taking part in this study?
There are no identified risks to you should you choose to participate in this research. We do however understand that animal health management and biosecurity may be a sensitive topic for some people and assure you that participation in this research is confidential and voluntary.
How is this study being paid for?
This project is supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit programme, and by producer levies from Australian FMD-susceptible livestock (cattle, sheep, goats and pigs) industries and Charles Sturt University, leveraging significant in-kind support from the research partners.
The research partners for this project are the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Charles Sturt University (CSU), the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, supported by Animal Health Australia (AHA).The project commenced in July 2016 and will conclude in June 2020.
Will taking part in this study cost me anything, and will I be paid?
There are no costs associated with participating in this research.
For those completing the questionnaire, you will have the opportunity to go into the draw to win 1 of 20 retail gift vouchers (each of AU $50). If you elect to go into the draw, you will be redirected through the survey tool to another location in which to enter your contact details. This will ensure that any contact details provided, are not linked to your questionnaire responses. Any contact details provided for this purpose will be deleted at the conclusion of the prize draw. All those participating in Part 2 will be offered an AU$50 retail gift voucher as recognition of the time involved.
What if I don’t want to take part in this study?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Only those people who give their informed consent will be included in the project. Whether or not you decide to participate is your decision and will not disadvantage you.
What if I participate and want to withdraw later?
There are no consequences for withdrawing from the study. As the questionnaire is anonymous (with the exception of those who provide their details for Part 2), it will not be possible to remove individual responses once responses have been submitted. Please note that as we will be separating contact details from questionnaire responses once the participants for Part 2 have been confirmed, requests for removal from those who have provided contact details will need to be considered on an individual basis as this will depend upon the timing of the request.
Responses cannot be removed once data analysis has commenced.
How will my confidentiality be protected?
Participation in the questionnaire is anonymous. As previously mentioned, if you choose to provide your contact details for the follow-up phone interview, once the participants have been selected, personal contact information will be removed from the questionnaire and stored separately, ensuring that the questionnaires are anonymous. Any information collected by the researchers will be stored securely and only accessed by the researchers unless you consent otherwise, except as re