ANU Poll is conducted via internet by the Social Research Centre (SRC)’s ‘Life in Australia’ panel. The SRC, an ANU Enterprise-owned company, member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS) and the company has completed extensive survey work for academic staff at ANU and for the Australian Government.
Approximately 3000 Australians will be sampled to undertake each ANUpoll survey. Those Australians have previously agreed to be contacted by the Social Research Centre as part of the company's 'Life in Australia' panel of survey respondents.
The purpose of the study, including the voluntary nature of the survey and the confidentiality and privacy provisions, are provided to respondents in writing prior to commencement of the survey. Only if respondents are happy to continue do they proceed through to the survey questions.
The sample is drawn from all states and territories and uses a disproportionate stratified sampling methodology. This ensures that at least 100 interviews are undertaken in each state / territory with the remaining 200 interviews distributed across the five most populous states on a probability proportional-to-size basis.
TThe ability to convincingly assure members of the community as to the privacy and confidentiality of the information they provide is a very salient issue when undertaking general community research.
- the Commonwealth Privacy Act
- the Commonwealth Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code
- the AMSRS’s Code of Professional Behaviour.
- physical security (storage of confidential information in locked cabinets / in locked rooms)
- data transmission
- prohibition on copying sample files containing identifiable information
- clear-desk policy
- use of multi-level password protection on all electronic storage systems
- limited access to information (i.e. access limited to the project team and other agreed persons on a need-to-know basis)
- server room security
- de-identification of data
- system cleansing at the conclusion of the project.