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 study is a part of a sub project of a larger project on improved surveillance, preparedness and return to trade from emergency animal disease incursions using foot and mouth disease (FMD) as a model. 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 program, 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, except for the time taken to do the questionnaire.
For those completing the questionnaire, you will have the opportunity to go into the draw to win an iPad or 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. If you are undertaking a postal questionnaire, you will receive a separate slip and two reply paid envelops for your contact details and the completed questionnaire. 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.
What if I don’t want to take part in this study?
Participation in this research is entirely voluntary and a decision not to participate will not disadvantage you. Only those people who by clicking "next ' at the bottom of the page and entering the questionnaire, or post their completed questionnaires, give their informed consent will be included in the project.
What if I participate and want to withdraw later?
As the questionnaire is anonymous it will not be possible for the researchers to identify and remove individual responses once responses have been submitted.
How will my confidentiality be protected?
Participation in the questionnaire is anonymous. Any information collected by the researchers will be stored securely and only accessed by the researchers unless you consent otherwise, except as required by law. Data will be retained for at least 5 years after final publication at Charles Sturt University, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Wagga Wagga and CSIRO.