Attitudes to DOTARS Area Consultative Committees, Year Ending December 2003 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Note. Refers to the underlying information requirements that the survey is intended to address. For example, what problems the agency is trying to solve? What decisions need to be made? What specific policies or actions are being determined or assessed? Should detail who requires the information. Survey objectives should be included in "B2" below.
The Area Consultative Committees (commonly referred to as ACCs) have been in existence for almost 10 years and administered by a range of different Australian Government Portfolios.
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Recently the Chairs of the ACC network raised concerns about the recognition of their name and that they are now commonly confused with other Government entities such as the ACCC and state-based anti-corruption commissions.
The network of ACCs does not have a shared view on whether a name change is required and therefore obtained the agreement of their current Minister, John Anderson, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, to have independent research conducted on the naming issue.
The results of the survey will be used to inform what the ACC target group interpretation is of the current name, suggested new names and ultimately whether a name change should be considered.
How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? What are the target RSEs for the survey? (B2)
Note. Should include a brief overview of the main topics the survey will cover. If applicable, provides details of any constraints including: fixed costs, fixed sample size, fixed accuracy (eg target RSEs, Confidence Intervals), etc.
The research objectives are to:
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- recommend name/s for the network which target audiences identify as the most appropriate and acceptable; and assess audiences understanding of the current network name and national branding.
To meet these research objectives, the following research issues will be addressed:
- test various names for the Area Consultative Committee network;
- identify the extent to which regional communities are aware of the current name and national branding of the network.
- identify other possible names that will adequately reflect the work of the current national network of ACCs.
The research will be conducted in 11 specific regions including:
- GROW Employment Council ACC (Sydney ACC);
- Australia's Holiday Coast ACC;
- New England/North West ACC (NENWACC);
- Central Victoria ACC;
- Greater Green Triangle ACC;
- Central QLD ACC;
- Wide Bay Burnett ACC;
- Adelaide Metro ACC + South Central ACC (combined regional cell);
- Central Wheatbelt ACC;
- Tasmanian Employment Advisory Council (TEAC) ACC;
- Northern Territory (NT) ACC.
170 interviews will be conducted with both successful, unsuccessful and potential applicants using fax out / phone retrieval methodology.
The Department has a budget of $25,000 to undertake this research.
What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Note. Should include: testing, the date questionnaires are printed or finalised, the date data collection commences, the date data collection finishes, and when results will be available. SCH approval for the survey is to be obtained before data collection commences.
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Departmental approval obtained - awaiting SCH approval
Data collection commences:
19 January 2004
Data collection finishes:
6 February 2004
20 February 2004