What is the Active Living Census?

The Healthy Heart of Victoria - 2019 Active Living Census is a survey including questions about your health, the activities you enjoy and the public spaces you use.

It is part of the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative, designed to help improve the health of all people living in Central Victoria.

The 2019 Census is for residents located within the Loddon Campaspe region, which includes the council areas of:

  • Campaspe Shire
  • Central Goldfields Shire
  • Loddon Shire
  • Macedon Ranges Shire Council
  • Mount Alexander Shire
  • City of Greater Bendigo

Why do we need a Census?

Information from the Census will assist community groups, sporting clubs, health agencies and local councils to improve and develop local programs and facilities designed to get people more active. It will also help identify important health and wellbeing projects and assist with planning decisions and funding submissions so you have 'what you need, where you need it'.

Why am I receiving the Census?

Your household is located within the Loddon Campaspe region. All residents in this area have been invited to participate.

Why do you need my help?

Your voice matters! The Census is a great opportunity for you to tell us what you and your community need to be active, healthy and happy.

We're interested in hearing from ALL members of your household, no matter how active you are! Anyone aged over 18 can do their own Census. Parents or guardians can complete for kids aged from 3-13 and can choose to give permission for children aged 14-17 to complete or fill it out for them.

What's involved?

The survey asks you questions about health and wellbeing, physical activity and use of public spaces and facilities. It only takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

You don’t have to complete all of the questions, just skip any you don’t feel comfortable answering. However the information you provide will help us understand your needs and priorities.

How do I complete the Census?

To save time and reduce costs we encourage you to do the survey online by going to www.srcentre.com.au/alc

If you don't have access to the internet, or cannot complete online, you can fill in the paper copy. This will be mailed to your household in early June 2019. The paper copy has space for 5 household members to participate. Additional household members can complete the survey online, or pick up an extra form from their local Council offices.

Can I complete the survey online in more than one sitting?

Yes, you can easily complete the survey online, on any device, in one or more sittings.

To pause the online survey and return at a later time to where you left off, select ‘Save and close’ and you will be shown a unique survey link so you can continue the survey when you’re ready. You can also request to have the unique survey link emailed to you for easy access.

Do I have to do the survey?

No, participation is voluntary and you may decline to take part or withdraw from the survey at any time (without providing an explanation).

As the survey is anonymous, there is no way for us to delete surveys once they have been submitted so please carefully consider whether you would like to participate before completing.

If you do choose to take part, you can still skip any of the questions throughout the survey.

How long is the Census open? When do I need to return it by?

The Census is open online from 20th May 2019 until 16th June 2019. The booklets will be delivered to all households in early June and can be returned by reply-paid post up to 16th June 2019.

I wanted to complete a booklet but I didn't receive one, where can I get one?

The Census is easiest to complete online at alc@srcentre.com.au. However, a small number of additional booklets will be available from each of the following Council offices: • Campaspe Shire • Central Goldfields Shire • Loddon Shire • Macedon Ranges Shire Council • Mount Alexander Shire • City of Greater Bendigo

When will prize winners be announced?

Prize winner names and postcodes will be published on the Social Research Centre website, 29 July 2019.

How will my information be used?

Your information will be collected, and securely stored by the Social Research Centre (a subsidiary of the Australian National University). The information will be analysed by the Social Research Centre, the research and anonymous data will then be provided to participating Councils. Project partners may undertake further analysis of the data at later times, and results may be published in academic journals and on partner websites. No personally identifying information will ever be reported.

The information you provide is important for community groups, sporting clubs, health agencies and government departments to understand what you need to be active, health and happy, and where you need it.

How is my confidentiality protected

The Active Living Census itself does not ask for your name, address or any information that could be used to identify you. Any information that you provide in completing survey will remain strictly confidential.

Any identifying information collected for the purpose of the prize draw – such as your first name, contact number or email details – will be removed before information is shared with councils, and will be securely destroyed. Your survey responses will not be identifiable in any way.

Your confidentiality is protected by the Australian Market and Social Research Organisation’s Privacy Principles https://www.amsro.com.au which govern how the researchers collect, use, keep secure and disclose personal information. The Social Research Centre abides by the principles of the Australian Market and Social Research Society of Australia's Code of Professional Behaviour https://www.amsrs.com.au.

Will I get to see the results?

Yes, the finalised reports will be made publicly available on the websites of participating councils.

Queries and concerns

If you have any questions about your participation, or you would like to opt out, please call the Social Research Centre on 1800 023 040 or email: alc@srcentre.com.au

Ethics

The ethical aspects of this project have been reviewed by Project Control and Working Groups comprising representatives of organisations involved in the project, and others with significant expertise in the ethical conduct of research.

Whilst this project review did not utilise a formal Human Research Ethics Committee, its development was guided by the senior academics and experts participating in the multi-organisational, multi-disciplinary Project Control Group. This group regularly discussed and reviewed ethical requirements at key points during project development.

Prize draw terms and conditions

Prize draws terms and conditions of entry
Method and duration of entry:

Entry is open to residents of the Loddon Campaspe region who respond to the Healthy Heart of Victoria – 2019 Active Living Census. To enter, respondents must submit the survey online at www.srcentre.com.au/alc or return the completed survey form to Active Living Census, Reply Paid 91906, PORT MELBOURNE VIC 3207. Households receive one entry for each eligible household member (aged 3 years and over) included in the survey.

Entry into the Early Prize Draw is open to all those who complete the survey online by 11.59pm AEST 26 May 2019.

Entry into the Grand Prize Draw is open to all those who complete and return the survey online or hard copy by 11.59pm AEST 16 June 2019.

Entry into Voucher Prize Draw is open to all those who complete and return the survey online or hard copy by 11.59pm AEST 16 June 2019.

Duration of entry period: The entry period for inclusion in the Early Prize Draw is from 20 May to 11.59pm AEST 26 May 2019.

The entry period for inclusion in the Grand Prize Draw is from 20 May (online) and from 27 May (hard copy) to 11.59pm AEST 16 June 2019.

The entry period for inclusion in the Voucher Prize Draw is from 20 May (online) and from 27 May (hard copy) to 11.59pm AEST 16 June 2019.

Details of prizes and prize values:

The first entry drawn from the Early Prize Draw will receive a bike store voucher valued at AUD $1,000. The winner when notified will choose their preferred bike retailer who will then be contacted by Healthy Heart of Victoria to complete the purchase.

The next twenty entries drawn from the Early Prize Draw will each receive a supermarket voucher valued at AUD $100*. The winners when notified will choose their preferred supermarket who will then be contacted by Healthy Heart of Victoria to complete the purchase.

The final ten entries drawn from the Early Prize Draw will each receive a sports store voucher valued at AUD $100. The winners when notified will choose their preferred sports store retailer who will then be contacted by Healthy Heart of Victoria to complete the purchase.

The first three entries drawn from the Grand Prize Draw will each receive a bike store voucher valued at AUD $1,000. The winner when notified will choose their preferred bike retailer who will then be contacted by Healthy Heart of Victoria to complete the purchase.

The final fifty entries drawn from the Voucher Prize Draw will each receive a supermarket voucher valued at AUD $100*. The winners when notified will choose their preferred supermarket retailer who will then be contacted by Healthy Heart of Victoria to complete the purchase.

*Excludes purchases of tobacco and liquor. The total value of the prize pool is AUD $12,000.

Date, time and place of draws: The Early Prize Draw will be conducted at the Social Research Centre on 27 May 2019, the Grand Prize Draw and the Voucher Prize Draw on 8 July 2019. All draws will be conducted at Level 9, 277 William St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. Winners will be identified through a random computer generated draw.

Publication of winner names: Winners will be notified by telephone or email within 14 days of the draw. The names and postcode of all winners will be published 29 July 2019 on the Social Research Centre website at ww.srcentre.com.au/our-research/active-living-census

Unclaimed prize draw: If any prizes are unclaimed by 8 October 2019, an unclaimed prize draw will take place at 12:00 pm on 10 October 2019 at the above address. The winners will be notified by telephone or email. The names of the winners will be published on the City of Greater Bendigo website (www.bendigo.vic.gov.au) on 30 October 2019.

Traders name and address: The trader is the City of Greater Bendigo, Main Office: 195-229 Lyttleton Terrace, Bendigo Victoria 3550. ABN: 7414 9638 164. Staff employed as part of the Healthy Heart of Victoria project are exempt from entering the prize draw.

Privacy: Contact details will be collected and retained by the Social Research Centre for the purposes of the prize draw only and will not be released or used for any other purpose. Contact details of winners will be provided to the City of Greater Bendigo for the sole purpose of distributing prizes. Except for the announcement of the winning entries, all confidentiality will be retained and records in relation to the draw will be destroyed within State and Commonwealth Government requirements.