Brunswick 5
CYCLE 01 2022

Creatives, Communities & Economies

This research project has been assessed and approved by the RMIT University College Human Ethics Advisory Network (CHEAN). Ethics Reference Number: 25586

Research involving human participants is consistent with the guidelines contained in the Australian National statement on ethical conduct in human research and Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Participant Information Sheet – QR Code Survey 

Title RMIT PlaceLab Research Project: Creatives, Communities & Economies
Principal Investigator Professor Ralph Horne
Associate Investigators Julie Gork, Hayley Thompson


What does my participation involve? 

1 Introduction 

You are invited to take part in Creatives, Communities and Economies, a research project exploring how creative practitioners are responding to the ongoing challenges facing the arts through digital and hybrid approaches. You are invited to participate in the project through a short 1-2 question survey accessed through a QR code displayed at RMIT PlaceLab Brunswick Research Studio.    

This Participant Information Sheet tells you about the research project. Participation in this research is voluntary. If you don’t wish to take part, you don’t have to.  

 By completing the survey, you are saying that you: 

  • Understand what you have read 
  • Consent to take part in the research project 

2 What is the purpose of this research? 

The research project asks questions like: What does work life look like for creatives in Brunswick? And how can creative practices evolve sustainably beyond existing economic and social models? The project will engage practitioners, students and the local community in real-world issues through a series of experimental and collaborative arts projects. This will include new methods for artists working in community contexts, new working models for photographers, and how creative social enterprises activate communities, artists and economies for social change. Research will be shared through creative workshops, publications, and exhibitions. 

This research has been funded by RMIT PlaceLab, which is a new initiative through RMIT University to bring together communities, industry, and local governments and create partnerships through actionable, relevant research projects. 

3 What does participation in this research involve? 

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

4 Other relevant information about the research project 

The results from this QR code survey will join information collected from interviews to learn more about community perspectives about collective and socially sustainable housing in Brunswick. 

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

Participation in any research project is voluntary.  

Submitting your completed questionnaire is an indication of your consent to participate in the study. You can withdraw your responses any time before you have submitted the questionnaire. Once you have submitted it, your responses cannot be withdrawn because they are non-identifiable and therefore, we will not be able to tell which one is yours. 

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  

7 What are the risks and disadvantages of taking part? 

We do not anticipate any possible risks with this research, but if you do not wish to answer a question, you may stop the survey 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.   

This project will use an external site to create, collect and analyse data collected in a survey format. The site we are using is Typeform. If you agree to participate in this survey, the responses you provide will be stored on their host server. No personal information will be collected in the survey so none will be stored as data. Once we have completed our data collection and analysis, we will import the data to the RMIT server where it will be stored securely for five years. The data on the host server will then be deleted and expunged.  

8 What if I withdraw from this research project? 

If you do consent to participate, you may withdraw at any time prior to submitting your answers to the survey questions. 

9 What happens when the research project ends? 

The research will be used to contribute to doctoral research and research on collective housing. It is anticipated that the results of this research project will be published and/or presented in a variety of forums. You can stay informed of news, events and publications related to the project on the Creatives, Communities and Economies [url link – once website has gone live] project page of the PlaceLab Website  

How is the research project being conducted? 

10 What will happen to information about me? 

By participating in the survey, you are consenting to the research team collecting and using information from you for the research project. The information collected through the survey is anonymous and unidentifiable by the researchers.   

11 Who is organising and funding the research? 

This research project is being conducted by Dr Grace McQuilten, Dr Marnie Badham, Dr Alison Bennett and Dr Alan Hill and is funded through RMIT PlaceLab. You can learn more about RMIT PlaceLab at 

There are no declared conflicts of interest. 

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 +61399252568 or any of the following people: 

Research contact person 

Name  Dr Grace McQuilten 
Position  Principal investigator / Senior supervisor 
Telephone  +61 39925 0196 


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 name  RMIT University 
HREC Secretary  Vivienne Moyle 
Telephone  03 9925 5037 
Mailing address  Manager, Research Governance and Ethics 

RMIT University 

GPO Box 2476 



Acknowledgement by Participant – by continuing on to the survey:  

I have read and understood the Participant Information Sheet.  

I understand the purposes, procedures and risks of the research described in the project. 

I have had an opportunity to ask questions and I am satisfied with the answers I have received.  

I freely agree to participate in this research project as described and understand that I am free to withdraw at any time during the project without affecting my relationship with RMIT. 

I understand that I can print or download a copy of this document to keep. 

There are no declared conflicts of interest associated with this research project.