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Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety in the mining industry
The Landmark Study - Worker Survey


About the MARS Landmark Study Worker Survey

As part of the Mental Awareness, Respect and Safety (MARS) Landmark Study, the independent research team from the Centre for Transformative Work Design at Curtin University invites you to share your views, experiences and perceptions about working in the Western Australian mining industry across three focus areas:

  1. Creating mentally healthy workplaces

  2. Building a culture of safety and respect

  3. Preparing for workplace safety in future mine

The Worker Survey is now closed

We appreciate the time you've dedicated to completing our survey.


Recommendations for improvement will be made based on the data, and are expected to be released by the end of 2023

Have your say in your industry


This is your opportunity to contribute to the evaluation and understanding of the Western Australian mining industry, and to provide information that will help shape recommendations for positive change.

The more people that complete this Worker Survey, the more accurate our understanding will be of the unique challenges and opportunities facing workers in mining.

Your feedback will help us to make evidence-based recommendations to the State Government to help create and sustain positive work in this critical industry.

Your data is confidential

No one outside of the Curtin research team will have access to your data. Only high level, aggregate results will be reported. No individuals or organisations will ever be identified.

For more information, scroll below to the 'Frequently asked Questions' section.

Getting involved in the worker survey

Who can complete the survey?

All workers in the WA mining industry are invited to participate in the MARS Landmark Study Worker survey, including:

  • Direct employees

  • Contract workers

  • Labour hires

  • Professional staff

  • Site-based or office workers

  • Managers

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How long would the survey take?

The survey will take 30 minutes to complete. You only need to complete the survey once.

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Do you offer a paper-based survey?

A paper version of the survey is available. We will provide a reply-paid envelope.If you prefer, you may request a paper version of the survey to be mailed to you from the research team by contacting us at:

  • Who is doing the Research?
    The project is being conducted by Professor Sharon Parker at the Future of Work Institute, Curtin University in Perth, WA, Australia and Professor Marian Baird AO, Professor of Gender and Employment Relations, Head of Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, University of Sydney in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Data collection outside of Australia will be managed by local Research Collaborators and/or Research Assistants. Our research collaborators and/or research assistants are highly professional people with research interests around the issues of workers and organisational practices. This research project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) to the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (project number CE170100005). There will be no costs to you and you will not be paid for participating in this project.
  • Why am I being asked to take part and what will I have to do?
    We are looking for adults employed in leadership roles. Participants will be asked to take part in an interview/focus group that asks about how their organization is responding to changes to staffing and work resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will take place via video conference, and will take approximately 20 minutes. There will be no cost to you for taking part in this research and you will not be paid for taking part. We will make a digital audio recording of our discussion so we can concentrate on what you have to say and not distract ourselves with taking notes. After the interview/focus group we will make a full written copy of the recording.
  • Are there any benefits’ to being in the research project?
    There may not be direct benefit to you from participating in this research. We hope the results of this research will allow us to better understand how organisations make staffing and work decisions in times of crisis.
  • Are there any risks, side-effects, discomforts or inconveniences from being in the research project?"
    Apart from giving up your time, we do not expect that there will be any risks or inconveniences associated with taking part in this study. However, we understand that during this time many people may be feeling overwhelmed or stressed due to COVID-19. We have collated some information on services if you would like to seek support during this time, which can be found at the end of this Information Sheet. If you do feel upset or would like to discuss any issues further, you are encouraged to contact Relationships Australia which offers counselling services, visit their website or call 1300 364 277. This number will put you in touch with the nearest Relationships Australia branch to yourself. For crisis support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. Alternatively, please contact your preferred counselling service or General Practitioner.
  • Who will have access to my information?
    The information collected in this research will be re-identifiable (coded). This means that we will collect data that can identify you, but will then remove identifying information on any data orsample and replace it with a code when we analyse the data. Only the research team have access to the code to match your name or position if it is necessary to do so. Any information we collect will be treated as confidential and used only in this project unless otherwise specified. The following people will have access to the information we collect in this research: the research team and, in the event of an audit or investigation, staff from the Curtin University Office of Research and Development. The results of this research may be reported to participating organisations through a summary of key themes that have arisen across interviews. Any excerpts from the interviews shared with the participating organisations to illustrate main themes uncovered in the interviews will be deidentified by removing your name as well as any other identifiable information such as exact job role, department etc. The information we collect may also be presented at conferences or published in professional journals. You will not be identified in any results that are published or presented. The information we collect in this study will be kept under secure conditions at Curtin University for 7 years and then it will be destroyed. All electronic data will be password-protected and any hard copy data will be locked in storage. The employing organisations will not have access to your raw interview recordings or transcripts.
  • Do I have to take part in the research project?
    Taking part in a research project is voluntary. It is your choice to take part or not. You do not have to agree if you do not want to. If you decide to take part and then change your mind, that is okay, you can withdraw from the project. If you choose to leave the study we will be unable to destroy your information because it has been collected in an anonymous way.
  • What happens next and who can I contact about the research?
    Contacts: Gretchen Petery 08 9266 4877 Alison Williams 02 8627 7792 If you decide to take part, your interviewer will ask for your consent by asking the question “Do you understand the purpose, extent and possible risks of your involvement in this project and do you voluntarily consent to take part in this research project?” By responding “yes”, you are telling us that you understand what you have read and what has been discussed and that you agree to be in the research project. Please take your time to ask any questions you have before you decide what to do. You will be given a copy of this information form to keep. Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2020-0177). Should you wish to discuss the study with someone not directly involved, in particular, any matters concerning the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant, or you wish to make a confidential complaint, you may contact the Ethics Officer on (08) 9266 9223 or the Manager, Research Integrity on (08) 9266 7093 or email
Working Together

If you have any questions or feedback on the MARS Landmark Study, please contact us and a member of the project team will get back to you shortly.

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