Thanks for taking the time to complete this survey. It is essential that we understand the current gaps in weather forecasting for Australia and its impacts on outdoor education and recreation. These questions have been designed, in collaboration with the Bureau of Meteorology, specifically for this context.

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* 1. What best describes your place of work?

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* 2. Please indicate the state or territory where you are most often conducting outdoor activities

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* 3. At what time scales do you require weather information for your outdoor activities? (Select all that apply)

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* 4. What is your most frequently used weather information app or website? If you use multiple sites or apps, please list the top three you use most often & what you use them for.

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* 5. How much do you rely on each of the following sources for information about extreme weather?

  Never Little Somewhat Often A great deal
Broadcast radio
Television
Automated text or email notifications
Marine & ocean radio
Web pages focused on weather forecasts, e.g., Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Windy.com
Local government or state emergency services web pages
Social media such as Facebook or X (formerly Twitter)
Weather or Emergency apps on your phone or other devices
Newspapers

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* 6. Do you think about or consider the accuracy, or reliability of the weather information sources you use?

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* 7. Does your organisation have a formal process or operating procedure around accessing & using weather information for activity planning?

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* 8. Does your organisation have a formal process or operating procedure around accessing & using weather information during outdoor activities?

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* 9. What weather & other environmental hazards are you most concerned about for your outdoor activities? Please rank from MOST (top) to LEAST (bottom).

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* 10. Please rate the statements below on a scale of 1 (Not at all confident) to 5 (Very confident)

  Not at all confident Somewhat confident Neutral Confident Very confident
I feel confident my organisation is up to date with global best practice in weather forecasting for outdoor practitioner decision making
I feel confident my organisation has sufficient weather information to support outdoor program decision making in our specific area(s) of operation

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* 11. My organisation has pre-defined weather warning thresholds (e.g., if severe weather warning is in place, all outdoor activities are postponed)

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* 12. How are decisions made in your organisation in response to adverse weather information/forecasts & warnings once an activity or program is underway?

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* 13. How confident are you of your skills for reading & interpreting weather forecasts (sliding scale)?

Not confident Neutral Very confident
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i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 14. My organisation makes training available to ensure staff have the skills & capabilities to access & interpret weather information.

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* 15. I know where to find relevant professional development on accessing & interpretation of weather information?

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* 16. I have personally attended training on weather forecasting & interpretation in the last 5 years.

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* 17. Where do you currently access information for (please comment for each area)

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* 18. To what extent are the current weather warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology sufficient for your outdoor activities?

Not at all sufficient Neutral More than sufficient
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i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 19. Would the creation of a specific Outdoor Activities Weather Warning system (similar to the Tasmanian Bushwalkers Alert) be useful in your context?

Not at all useful Moderately Extremely useful
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i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 20. Severe weather forecasts often include multiple pieces of information. How important are each of these to you? Please move the boxes below (grab & drag) to rank each piece of information from MOST important (TOP) to LEAST important (BOTTOM).

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* 21. Please rate the statements below on a scale of 1 (Not at all confident) to 5 (Very confident)

  Not at all confident Somewhat confident Neutral Confident Very confident
I know how to respond when a severe weather warning is issued.
I can take action to protect myself during a severe weather event.
I could keep another person safe during a severe weather event.
I could provide another person with enough warning to respond adequately to a severe weather event.

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* 22. Would you or your staff attend weather-specific webinars or workshops conducted by weather experts & hosted by NatCORR?

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* 23. Please share any additional comments or suggestions regarding weather forecasting & warnings in Australia, and the information you need for your outdoor activities

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