Stream 1 Participant Information Sheet
About the project:
project will look at the impacts of plant closures and mass retrenchment on
workers and their families, and how they and their communities may best transition
into the future. In particular, we want to know how retrenchment impacts people’s
working lives, retraining, education and health. Our study will investigate these
issues and provide feedback to companies and governments across Australia on
how services and supports can work better in the future.
The research we conduct and the
reports we produce are only possible with the ongoing support of ex-autoworkers.
Hearing from participants through our surveys is the most important aspect of
our research that lets us understand how we might better help the future of
work and the future of our communities in the event of industry restructuring.
What would happen if I took
part in the research project?
We will ask you questions about your employment history, retraining, education and current circumstances. These questions will form part of a five-year study with surveys running once a year. The surveys will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
and Benefits of the Study
Participation in the study will
involve the collection of personal and sensitive information and may also involve
psychological or emotional stress as a result of the sensitive nature of the
topics discussed. It is not anticipated that the risks to participation in this
study are beyond those encountered during everyday life. However, if you do
experience psychological or emotional stress as a result of participation, we
encourage you to contact one of the support services listed at the end of this information
Participation in this study may
not directly benefit you. However, our research will have an impact on policy
makers and the services provided in the event of future industry closures.
To thank you for your time you
will receive a $50 gift voucher.
and Data Retention
Participation in this study is voluntary.
By choosing to participate you consent to participate for the next five years
but may withdraw from the study at any time. Consent for this study will be
recorded over the phone.
If you choose to be involved in
this research and then later change your mind that is okay. You can also change
your mind about participating in the research at any time during the surveys and
you can also choose not to answer any particular question or questions. Information
collected from participants who choose to withdraw from the study will be
included in the research project and its findings.
The information collected from
this project will be published. Information provided may also be used to assess
suitability for further participation in the broader project. Please be assured
that any information provided by you for this research will be treated in the
strictest confidence. No participant in this research will be individually
identifiable in the reports or other publications resulting from this research.
Our telephone surveys will be
monitored for quality control purposes. If you do not want the call to be
monitored or recorded, kindly inform our interviewers. All recordings will be overwritten
after three months and protected from external access until that time.
De-identified electronic data
will be stored on password protected computers and documents for up to seven
years after the project on UniSA servers. Data will be coded for longitudinal
study and only non-identifiable aggregate data will be distributed to project
partners and in published journal articles.
This project has been
approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee
(HREC). If you have any ethical concerns about the project or questions
about your rights as a participant please contact the Executive Officer of
UniSA’s Committee, Tel: +61 8 8302 3118; Email: [email protected].
third parties who wish to lodge a complaint about either the study or the way
it is being conducted should contact the Executive Officer of UniSA HREC in the
first instance, Email: [email protected]
or Tel: +61 8 8302 3118.
The progress of the project and findings will be published on the project website https://www.fwfc.com.au/
Further information on the study
can be obtained from:
Please contact the following support
services if you experience or are experiencing any psychological or emotional
Phone and URL
|Beyond Blue ||1300 22 4636 https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ ||Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. |
| Lifeline ||13 11 14 |
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
|MensLine Australia ||1300 7899 78 http://www.mensline.org.au/ |
A telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.
|Carers Australia ||1800 242 636 https://www.carersaustralia.com.au/ |
Short-term counselling and emotional and psychological support services for carers and their families in each state and territory.
support services, Beyond Blue has listed several other providers on their webpage:
In an emergency, please call 000, the
emergency help line.