Privacy and ethics

Privacy statement

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children is conducted as a partnership between the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), with advice provided by a consortium of leading researchers.

Growing Up in Australia is an ongoing study with information collected using a variety of approaches including computer self-interview, paper and web form, telephone interview and face-to-face interview. Information is being used to further the understanding of child and adolescent development and wellbeing to help the government plan future policies and services. Data released to researchers or policy makers is de-identified, and only combined results (aggregate) are published. All information collected is kept strictly confidential.

In line with the Privacy Act 1988, separate consent is sought from study participants to release personal and sensitive information to any other person or organisation for the purpose of the study. If the organisation responsible collecting data for Growing Up in Australia changes in the future, the ABS will be required to disclose information to that organisation.

Participation in the study is voluntary. Growing Up in Australia study participants may withdraw from the study at any time or choose not to take part in some aspects of the study. However, information collected prior to withdrawal continues to be used and forms part of the Growing Up in Australia data.Any queries can be directed to Growing Up in Australia by:

  • Calling 1800 005 508 (freecall, excluding mobile phones)
  • Writing to Growing Up in Australia (Reply Paid 91263, Dandenong South VIC 3175)
  • Emailing Growing Up in Australia

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Wave 8 privacy

For information on privacy and how your data is used view the wave 8 privacy brochure

Wave 8 privacy brochure (PDF 117 KB)

Wave 8 consent forms

During the wave 8 interview process, some participants will be asked to sign a consent form:

Medicare consent form: For 14–15 year olds

During your interview, we will be asking you to sign a Medicare consent form. By signing this form, you will be providing permission for the study to access your Medicare and/or your Pharmaceutical Benefits claims information (including co-payments data) and your Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme claims information (if and when applicable), and/or your current address details. This allows us to collect this information without having to ask you a lot of detailed questions about any payments you receive(d).

This information is valuable to the study because it helps us to efficiently gain a better picture of your health history.

Medicare consent form (PDF, 260 KB)

Permission to contact teacher form: For parents of 14–15 year olds

During your interview, we will be asking you to sign a consent form granting permission to contact your teenager’s teacher. By signing this form, you will be providing the study with permission to contact your teenager’s English teacher to complete a survey. This will collect information about your teenager’s academic skills and competencies, personality and behaviours, and the characteristics of your teenager’s school, class and programs. This information is valuable to the study because it helps us understand your teenager’s educational progress and behaviours from different perspectives.

Permission to contact teacher consent form (PDF, 113 KB)

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Privacy FAQs: Online survey

How secure is the online survey?

The survey website is accredited and maintained to Commonwealth Government internet security standards. These standards meet or exceed the Australian Information Security Standard (AS/NZS 4444).

The information you provide is kept secure through the use of the strongest industry standard encryption technology that your web browser will support. Please see the ABS page increasing your safety online for more information.

To protect your information from unauthorised access, please ensure you keep your user identifier and password secure. 

Are you sure that no one will be able to access my online survey answers?

Yes. The information you send is not able to be read by anyone but us.

Are my answers kept confidential?

Yes. All information collected is kept strictly confidential. Data released to researchers does not have any personal details which would enable participants to be identified.

Do you share my data with anyone?

Your privacy is very important to us. Strict procedures are followed to ensure that only authorised people have access to the information provided to us and that all interviewers, researchers and others involved in the Study comply with the Privacy Act 1988. Identifiable information (for example, name and address) are stored separately and not shared with data users.

Participation in the study is voluntary. Growing Up in Australia study participants may withdraw from the study at any time or choose not to take part in some aspects of the study. However, information collected prior to withdrawal continues to be used and forms part of the Growing Up in Australia data.

If the organisation responsible for future data collection of the study changes, the ABS will be required to disclose information to that organisation.

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Privacy policies: DSS, ABS, AIFS

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children is conducted as a partnership between the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).

Privacy policy, DSS: https://www.dss.gov.au/privacy-policy

Privacy policy, ABS: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/Home/Privacy

Privacy policy, AIFS: https://aifs.gov.au/aifs-privacy-policy

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Ethics

The research methodology and survey content of Growing Up in Australia is reviewed and approved by the Australian Institute of Family Studies Ethics Committee, which is a Human Research Ethics Committee registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The Ethics Committee ensures that Growing Up in Australia meets the ethical standards outlined in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans.

Approval has been granted by education authorities in each state and territory in order to conduct research among the teachers of young people in the study.

Approval from education authorities

Growing Up in Australia has been granted written approval from education authorities across Australia to approach schools and teachers to participate in the study.

If you have trouble accessing the letters of approval please email Growing Up in Australia.

Letters of approval

State/Territory Government schools

Australian Capital Territory (PDF 36 KB)

New South Wales (PDF 112 KB)

Northern Territory (PDF 44 KB)

Queensland (PDF 402 KB)

South Australia (PDF 417 KB)

Tasmania (PDF 37 KB)

Victoria (PDF 107 KB)

Western Australia (PDF 35 KB) 

Catholic schools

Archdiocese of Brisbane (PDF 62 KB)

Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn (PDF 38 KB)

Archdiocese of Melbourne (PDF 445 KB)

Archdiocese of South Australia (PDF 44 KB)

Archdiocese of Sydney - original approval (PDF 208 KB), Archdiocese of Sydney 2012 approval (PDF 124 KB)

Archdiocese of Tasmania (PDF 515 KB)

Diocese of Armidale (PDF 96 KB)

Diocese of Ballarat (PDF 243 KB)

Diocese of Bathurst (PDF 489 KB)

Diocese of Broken Bay (PDF 20 KB)

Diocese of Cairns (PDF 322 KB)

Diocese of Darwin - Please call (03) 9214 7888 and ask to speak to a member of the LSAC team

Diocese of Lismore (PDF 254 KB)

Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle (PDF 111 KB)

Diocese of Parramatta (PDF 267 KB)

Diocese of Rockhampton (PDF 110 KB)

Diocese of Sale (PDF 385 KB)

Diocese of Sandhurst (PDF 280 KB)

Diocese of Toowoomba (PDF 45 KB)

Diocese of Townsville (PDF 20 KB)

Diocese of Wagga Wagga (PDF 24 KB)

Diocese of Western Australia (PDF 359 KB)

Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes (PDF 22 KB)

Diocese of Wollongong (PDF 50 KB) 

Independent schools

Support for Growing Up in Australia has been received from the Independent Schools Council of Australia. However, the decision to participate in the study rests with each school principal.

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