1. Participant Consent Form

This is a project-specific consent form. It restricts the use of the data collected to the named project by the named investigators.

Project Title: Decadal follow-up study of the Australian stingless bee industry 

Investigators names: Sunayana Sajith (s.sajith@westernsydney.edu.au), James Cook, Aila Mushtaq Khan, Dilupa Jeewanie Nakandala, Neil Perry  

I hereby consent to participate in the above-mentioned research. 

  • I understand that even if I agree to participate now, I can withdraw at any time or refuse to answer any question without any consequences of any kind.
  • I understand that I can withdraw permission to use data from my survey within two weeks after the survey, in which case the material will be deleted.
  • I have had the purpose and nature of the study explained to me in writing (Participant information sheet linked here), and I have the opportunity to ask questions about the study.
  • I understand that in any report on the results of this research, my identity will remain anonymous. This will be done by changing my name and disguising any details of my survey, which may reveal my identity or the identity of people I speak about.
  • I understand that I will not benefit directly from participating in this research.
  • I understand that information gained during the study may be published, but my identity will be anonymised. 
  • I understand that I am free to contact any of the people involved in the research to seek further clarification and information.
This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Western Sydney University. The ethics reference number is: H 12685

Why do this survey?
Our Australian stingless bee industry is growing rapidly! To keep a check on the growth, we do a survey every ten years. So far, we have seen a 114% increase in the number of beekeepers between 1999 and 2010. This increase is close to what had been predicted. We hope to continue growing to meet these expectations and keep the Australian stingless bee community buzzing. Any guesses on how large is the Australian stingless bee industry now in 2019-20? We need your help to find out! The information from this survey will help support research on stingless bees, which would help in the growth of the industry.

We don’t want this to be just another survey you take and get nothing in return. Everyone who participates will have a chance to win a ‘The Australian Native Bee Book by Tim Heard’ or Gina Cranson Native bee poster or a membership to a beekeeper’s club (winners could pick one of the three choices).
Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
For this study, we are looking for stingless beekeepers. You could be a hobbyist with one or more hives or a professional stingless beekeeper with multiple hives. In short, have a stingless beehive, this survey needs your participation. 

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