FAQs

The Health and Wellbeing Survey is a confidential survey, independent of all employer groups, professional associations and unions. First, you will be able to review your job-related personal health and wellbeing, with an individualised report returned automatically upon completion. Second, global results will build a holistic picture of the state of health and wellbeing. The results will be provided in a system-level report with recommendations for future actions. Recommendations from the report will then be used to support the change of policies.

The survey is run by the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, ACU. Lead by Associate Professor Philip Riley.
The survey is conducted independently of all employers groups, professional associations and unions. It has full ethics approval and adheres to all University guidelines.

The information we collect will be used to inform policy makers about real costs and benefits of being in teaching & leadership roles. We hope to help change governmental and training policies to better support teachers & principals.

Yes.
 
As soon as you submit your survey you are automatically directed to your own wellbeing report. There you can see how you are going compared to other principals and compared to the general population.
 
We've had great feedback about the report and we hope you find it useful. 
Please note that when you complete the survey you will be asked to choose a unique password that will always allow you to login and access your report. Your "confirmation of submission" email will contain the link to access the report tool as well as your username and password. Do save it!

Completely. Your data is not accessible to anyone but the primary researchers and is de-identified before any analysis.

This is a longitudinal study. We will be contacting you in future years to ask you to complete annual updates of the survey. We ask for your phone number as a secondary means of contacting you if your email address changes. If we are unable to contact you using the email address provided, we may phone or message you a reminder about the annual updates of the survey.

Your phone number will be treated as confidential personal information and will be used only to contact you about the survey. It will not be shared or made publicly available in any way.

We are interested in the characteristics of your school such as enrolment numbers, staff numbers and the socioeconomic status of your school community. We ask you to provide the name of your school, so that we can access publicly available information about your school.

Your school name is treated as confidential information and will not be shared in any way. No school will ever be named in any reporting of results.

If you're completing your first survey it should take no longer than one hour to finish all together.
 
If you're completing a repeat survey and you're still at the same school in the same role, then the survey should take 30-40 minutes to complete.
 
But remember, we don't expect you to complete it in one sitting. Your entry link allows you to come and go from the survey as you please, and your answers are saved each time you press the 'Next' button.

When you do the survey you press a 'Next' button to get from page to page. Every time you press this button your responses are sent to the central database and saved automatically. When you want to re-enter, your link will return you to the last completed page.

You can pop in and out as often as you like to complete the survey in small chunks, or you can do the whole thing in one sitting.

The entry link you received in your registration email will get you back into the survey at the last page you completed.
 
If this doesn't work, please email the Health & Wellbeing Team and they will send you a new entry link.

While completing the survey you can email the Health & Wellbeing Team and request that your information be deleted.
After you have submitted your survey, you can email at any time and request that your data be deleted.

We are using these questionnaires as they have been demonstrated to be reliable and valid tools. Using the COPSOQ II will allow us to look at your job stress and psychosocial health and compare it to a global dataset. Using the AQoL-8D will allow us to compare your quality of life against Australian norms.

The Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire is an instrument that has been used globally to measure work stress in many occupations. You can read more about it here and here. Here is a copy of the questions asked.

The AQoL-8D is a health-related quality of life instrument developed by researchers at the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University. You can read more about it here.

In the first version we are collecting all the baseline data, which includes a lot of demographic information. We've used gold standard questionnaires to assess psychosocial health, wellbeing and quality of life and they are both comprehensive questionnaires. We are using all this information to create as big a picture as we can and so we can compare your results to global results.

We will be publishing articles in educational and policy journals as well as writing reports for industry bodies, organisations, employers and policy makers.

All reports are freely downloadable from this website. Select the Reports tab on top of this page.

All data is stored & encrypted on our own ACU secure servers based in Australia. Protected by using industry best standards.

Only the primary researchers are able to access de-identified data. Raw, identifiable data will only be accessed by the Data Manager to de-identify and provide to the primary researchers.