Participant Information Sheet

The Experiences of Asian Working Holiday Makers in Australia

Project title
The Experiences of Asian Working Holiday Makers in Australia

Project summary
The study aims to investigate the working holiday experiences of current or former Working Holiday Makers (visa subclass holders 417 and 462) in Australia, who are from one of the nine Asian countries eligible to participate in Australia’s Working Holiday Visa Program. The research may develop into a longitudinal design, which would seek to re-interview participants at two year intervals; to explore whether the working holiday experience yields long term impacts. Participants will be asked to indicate their consent to being contacted (or not) for future iterations of the project, at the end of the survey.

How is the study being paid for?
The study is being sponsored by Western Sydney University, under an Early Career Researcher Grant.

What will I be asked to do?
Participation in the online survey will involve providing written responses to ten to fifteen (10-15) questions. Participants are advised that participation is thought to require medium to strong English language skills. Participants located in Sydney may be contacted about a face-to-face interview if they indicate that they are willing to participate in future stages of the project during the survey.

How much of my time will I need to give?
The survey is estimated to take ten to fifteen (10–15) minutes to complete.

What benefits will I, and / or the broader community, receive for participating?
The experiences of your Working Holiday which you choose to contribute to the study will inform current understandings of the Working Holiday experience in Australia. It is aimed these insights will also contribute to better informing government policy, services and resources surrounding Working Holiday visas.

Will the study involve any discomfort or risk for me? If so, what will you do to rectify it?
The study has been cleared by the Human Ethics Research Committee and is not deemed to pose significant likelihood of risk or discomfort. However, there is the inherent chance that the act of recalling lived experiences produces some discomfort or upset, depending on the nature of recalled experiences. In light of this chance, participants are reminded they hold the right to withdraw at any time; and can choose to withhold information with the option to skip questions or revise previous answers. Participants are reminded their involvement is confidential – any information gained during the study may be published but no information about participants will be used in any way that reveals their identity.

How do you intend to publish the results?
Please be assured that your identity will be kept strictly confidential. The findings of the research will be published in leading academic journals; and be used to advise government briefs aimed at better informing Working Holiday policy, services and resources. Please note that the minimum retention period for data collection is five years post publication.

Can I withdraw from the study?
Yes. Participation is entirely voluntary and you are not obliged to be involved. If you do participate, you can withdraw at any time without giving a reason. If you do choose to withdraw, any information that you have supplied will be disposed of via secure means provided by the University document destruction services.

Can I tell other people about the study?
Yes, you can tell other people about the study and provide them with details about the Transformative Travel Project. The direct link to the survey is Working Holiday Makers Survey.

Data storage
There are a number of government initiatives in place to centrally store research data and to make it available for further research. For more information, see and Regardless of whether the information you supply or about you is stored centrally or not, it will be stored securely and it will be de-identified before it is made available to any other researcher.

What if I require further information?
Please contact Dr Garth Lean should you wish to discuss the research further before deciding whether or not to participate.

What if I have a complaint?
This study has been approved by the Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee. The Approval number is: H11653. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this research, you may contact the Ethics Committee through the Research, Engagement, Development and Innovation office on telephone +61 2 4736 0229 or email Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully, and you will be informed of the outcome.

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