Privacy and consent

Wave 8 privacy brochure

For information on privacy and how your data is used view our Wave 8 privacy brochure (PDF 877 KB.)

Wave 8 consent forms

Phase 1 of Wave 8 will be taking place throughout 2017. For our study participants, this means one of our interviewers will be getting in touch to organise an interview. During the interview some participants will be asked to sign a consent form, if you want to view these forms, or more information about them please view below. 

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)

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)

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 for future data collection phases of the study changes, 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 76746, SYDNEY NSW 2000)
  • Emailing Growing Up in Australia

Please note: Changes to the Privacy Act came into effect on 12 March 2014. The changes included a set of new privacy principles that regulate the handling of personal information by both Australian government agencies and businesses.

Department of Social Services Privacy Statement

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