Participant Information Sheet

On this page you will find further details about the research project, including what RMIT University calls a Participant Information Consent Form – which you will need to read to give your consent to participate in the research.

TitleCovid-19 and Disadvantaged Young People’s Education and Employment Aspirations: A Longitudinal Study of Young People’s Transitions in Geelong
Chief InvestigatorsDr. Seth Brown Professor Peter Kelly

What does my participation involve?

1 Introduction

You are invited to take part in this research project, which is called Covid-19 Recovery Scenarios for Young People in the City of Greater Geelong (COGG). You have been invited because the Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network (GRLLEN) and/or Skilling the Bay recommended selecting you for this research project. Your contact details were obtained by the GRLLEN and/or Skilling the Bay. 

This Participant Information Sheet/Consent Form tells you about the research project. It explains the processes involved with taking part. Knowing what is involved will help you decide if you want to take part in the research.

Please read this information carefully. Ask questions about anything that you don’t understand or want to know more about. Before deciding whether or not to take part, you might want to talk about it with a relative or friend.

Participation in this research is voluntary. If you don’t wish to take part, you don’t have to. 

If you decide you want to take part in the research project, you will be asked to follow the link at the bottom of this page, and engage with the workshop content. By participating you are telling us that you:

• Understand what you have read

• Consent to take part in the research project

2 What is the purpose of this research?

The COVID-19 research project aims to examine the key challenges – in the short, medium and long-term future – facing particular populations of young people in particular places and produce research informed, place-based scenarios for young people’s sustainable futures. The project will deliver evidence informed, provocative, and disruptive solutions to these challenges. We will facilitate ‘surprising alliances’ of academic, community, business, Third Sector, and government stakeholders in developing innovative scenarios in relation to identified contexts/situations, challenges, and possible futures (short, medium and long term). The research has been funded by the Anthony Costa Foundation and initiated by the researchers, Dr. Seth Brown and Professor Peter Kelly. 

3 What does participation in this research involve?

You have been sent an initial invitation to participate in this project because you are involved with GRLLEN and/or Skilling the Bay and you work with young people. By clicking on the link at the end of this Participant Information Sheet, you are giving your consent to participate in this research. 

Given the scale of the challenges faced by young Australians there is an urgent need to produce research informed, place-based scenarios for young people’s sustainable futures. Using this logic, the project aims to:

(Aim 1) produce research informed, place-based scenarios for young people’s sustainable futures

(Aim 2) identify key challenges – in the short, medium and long-term future – facing particular populations of young people in particular places. 


The project will be delivered by an Action Research (AR) methodology/approach that will establish two-four (depending on COVID 19, either face-to-face or via Zoom or other social media platform to be decided by GRLLEN and/or Skilling the Bay) AR workshops with you (see attached COVID-19-Research Project Proposal-UNEVOC-Schedule). GRLLEN and Skilling the Bay assisted us in recruiting you and in inviting you to the workshops. 

This workshop (in 2022) will take place on a WordPress hosted website. At the bottom of the workshop webpage, you will be asked to respond to a series of questions via text, audio or video on the website Video-ask.

AR is an approach that enables the project to meet Aims 1 & 2 by embedding knowledge creation, stakeholder engagement, and impact into the research logic.  

The persistence and complexity of the significant challenges facing young people have come to be defined by a number of central concepts, including youth as a key stage in the lifecourse, and young people’s individual resilience and enterprise. The design and methods we outline below will mean that initial workshops groups will be structured thematically, and engage with five key concepts:

1. The moral economies of young people’s health and well-being is framed by this concept (Kelly & Pike 2017), which offers a way for thinking about the choices that are made, or not made, by a range of individuals, businesses and agencies in relation to young people’s health and well-being in the context of a crisis of/for neo-Liberalism.  

2. Adversity capital: ‘Adversity capital’ is a deliberately provocative concept that is suggestive of the capacity to navigate a changing labour market and workforce uncertainty, and critically engage the contexts, practices and values of work, to challenge wider norms related to working life and life in general. 

3. Cultures of resilience: This concept emerges from research undertaken across Thailand, Bangladesh, India and Australia that identified the importance of cultural practices which shape community ‘resilience’ in the context of chronic or acute shocks (Arvanitakis 2013).

4. The guerrilla self: Howie and Campbell (2016) have suggested that those young people with ‘entrepreneurial’ skills and sensibilities can imagine a form of youthful selfhood that they call the guerrilla self.  

5. Urban ecologies: The concept of urban ecologies suggests an alternative, critical, conceptual language for understanding how children’s and young people’s geographies can contribute to new models of resilience and enterprise.

There are no costs associated with participating in this research project, nor will you be paid. 

4 Other relevant information about the research project

There will be 20 key stakeholders involved with GRLLEN and 60 young people from COGG participating in this project. 

5 Do I have to take part in this research project?

Participation in any research project is voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you do not have to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage.

If you do decide to take part, you will be given this Participant Information. Once you have read this participant information sheet, you will give implied consent to participate in this research by clicking the link to the WordPress site, at the bottom of this page. 

Your decision whether to take part or not to take part, or to take part and then withdraw, will not affect your relationship with the researchers or with RMIT University.

If you take part in the workshops you are free to stop participating at any stage or to refuse to answer any questions. 

6 What are the possible benefits of taking part?

We cannot guarantee or promise that you will receive any benefits from this research; however, you may appreciate contributing to knowledge. Possible benefits may include improved services supporting young people in COGG. 

7 What are the risks and disadvantages of taking part?

Workshop responses.

It is advisable that you do not reveal anything too personal or that you may regret later on.

Psychological distress

You may feel that some of the questions we ask are stressful or upsetting. If you do not wish to answer a question, you may skip it and go to the next question, or you may stop immediately. If you become upset or distressed as a result of your participation in the research project, members of the research team will be able to discuss appropriate support for you. 

8 What if I withdraw from this research project?

If you do consent to participate, you may withdraw at any time. If you decide to withdraw from the project, please notify a member of the research team. You have the right to have any unprocessed data withdrawn and destroyed, providing it can be reliably identified. 

9 What happens when the research project ends?

We will provide you with project updates on our website and social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube where we will provide regular updates on the project including posting edited versions of particular videos of interviews with young people. You will also receive a report at the completion of the project.  

The analysis of the young people’s interviews will be used in a number of workshops convened by GRLLEN and/or Skilling the Bay. We may use the workshop responses for publication and/or presented in a variety of forums, along with the notes of the workshop meetings and any documents that you submit to the meetings.

How is the research project being conducted?

10 What will happen to information about me?

By clicking the link below, you consent to the research team collecting and using information from you for the project. It is anticipated that the results of this research project will be published and/or presented in a variety of forums. 

The raw data from the workshop responses (written, audio, video) will be kept in a secure location at RMIT University. The information you provide in the workshops will be identifiable. All data will be stored on a password protected computer, and hard copies will be stored in a locked filing cabinet within Dr. Seth Brown’s office. This data will be kept securely at RMIT for 5 years before being destroyed.

In accordance with relevant Australian and/or Victorian privacy and other relevant laws, you have the right to request access to the information about you that is collected and stored by the research team. You also have the right to request that any information with which you disagree be corrected. Please inform the research team member named at the end of this document if you would like to access your information.

Any information that you provide can be disclosed only if (1) it protects you or others from harm, (2) if specifically allowed by law, (3) you provide the researchers with written permission. 

11 Who is organising and funding the research?

This research project is being conducted by Dr. Seth Brown and Professor Peter Kelly. The Anthony Costa Foundation is funding this research.

12 Who has reviewed the research project?

All research in Australia involving humans is reviewed by an independent group of people called a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). This research project has been approved by the RMIT University HREC. 

This project will be carried out according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). This statement has been developed to protect the interests of people who agree to participate in human research studies.

13 Further information and who to contact

If you want any further information concerning this project, you can contact the researcher on 0428 625 483 or any of the following people:

Research contact person

NameDr. Seth Brown
PositionChief investigator
Telephone03 9925 7848
NameProfessor Peter Kelly
PositionChief investigator
Telephone+61 (0) 428 625 483

14 Complaints 

Should you have any concerns or questions about this research project, which you do not wish to discuss with the researchers listed in this document, then you may contact: 

Reviewing HREC nameRMIT University
HREC SecretaryVivienne Moyle
Telephone03 9925 5037
Mailing addressManager, Research Governance and Ethics RMIT University GPO Box 2476 MELBOURNE  VIC  3001