Thank you for your interest in Local Voices!
Rio Tinto has engaged CSIRO to conduct an ongoing analysis of community attitudes to the company’s iron ore operations in the Pilbara. This gives communities neighbouring the operations an unfiltered voice inside the company, and helping to inform the company’s decision making. Community members, aged 18 years and older, from Paraburdoo, Tom Price, Pannawonica, Karratha, Wickham, Roebourne and surrounding districts, which neighbour Rio Tinto's operations, are invited to share their views on issues related to the company's activities through a series of surveys.
- The Anchor survey is a detailed survey, carried out at the beginning of the process. It takes about 30 minutes to complete online, including registration. It asks questions about a range of issues related to life in the Pilbara, your relationship with Rio Tinto, and the positive and negative aspects of living in a mining region. The results of this survey will feed into the second type of survey, Pulse surveys.
- Pulse surveys are designed to track the issues identified by the anchor survey, and how you feel about them, over the next three years. You will be invited to participate in a Pulse survey each month. Pulse surveys will take only about five minutes to complete online.
- Every eligible individual who registers with Local Voices and completes an Anchor survey receives 20 tokens. Each monthly Pulse survey earns four tokens. Participants allocate their tokens to eligible community groups who can then cash these in – 1000 tokens are worth $500. Alternatively, the community group can cash in tokens pro-rata after 6 months if they haven’t yet reached 1000 tokens. For example, 500 tokens would be equal to $250.
Before you register, please know:
- Your survey responses will not be given to any third party, including Rio Tinto, in any form where your identity can be connected to the personal information given.
- The personal information that we will collect will include contact details, certain demographic information (e.g. gender, occupation) and information relating to personal views.
- Mobile phone number and/or email addresses will be used only with secure online platforms responsible for sending out the surveys and project updates. Mobile phone numbers and/or email addresses will not be provided to any other organisation.
- All data collected will be combined and only the total results will be presented to indicate the opinions of community members as a collective.
- Participation in the survey series is entirely voluntary and while retracting data is not possible once results are published, you are free to withdraw your participation at any time, without prejudice, penalty or having to provide a reason for your withdrawal.
- Aside from giving up your time, there are no foreseeable risks associated with participating.
Your data will be used for the following purposes:
What happens with the data from the surveys?
- to identify and understand drivers of trust and acceptance of Rio Tinto.
- in community engagement activities, and in various company communication materials and reports.
- to inform future decisions and activities of industry and policy makers.
- to produce reports and scientific papers.
- in a broader program of research that aims to understand the relationships between mining and communities at different levels across time.
- The data may be licensed to a separate entity to enable continued data collection past the initial 3-year agreement between CSIRO and Rio Tinto. This will enable a long-term view of community attitudes and how they change over time. Your contact details will not be included in this data. You will be contacted by CSIRO in these circumstances with an opportunity to either opt out or provide consent to continue participation in the study with the new entity.
Further information is available at www.research.csiro/localvoices, however, if at any time, you have questions about the survey or the procedures, please feel free to contact Project Leader, Kieren Moffat at 0421 329 811 or by email at email@example.com
Any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study can also be raised with the Manager of Social Responsibility and Ethics on (07) 3833 5693 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I register to participate?
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