How long will the survey take to complete?


If you're completing a Year 1 survey it should take no longer than one hour to finish all together.


If you're completing a Year 2 survey and you're still at the same school in the same role, then the survey should take 30-40 minutes to complete.


But remember, we don't expect you to complete it in one sitting. Your entry link allows you to come and go from the survey as you please, and your answers are saved each time you press the 'Next' button.


Do I get a personal report?




As soon as you submit your survey you are automatically directed to a reporting tool. There you can see how you are going compared to others and compared to the general population.


We've had great feedback about the report tool and we hope you find it useful.


Please note that when you complete the survey you will be asked to choose a unique password that will always allow you to login and access your report. Your "confirmation of submission" email will contain the link to access the report tool as well as your username and password. Do save it!


Why is the survey so long?


In the first version we are collecting all the baseline data, which includes a lot of demographic information. We've used two gold standard questionnaires to assess psychosocial health, wellbeing and quality of life and they are both comprehensive questionnaires. We are using all this information to create as big a picture as we can and so we can compare your results to global results.


How can I save the survey to complete it at a later time?


When you do the survey you press a 'Next' button to get from page to page. Every time you press this button your responses are sent to the central database and saved.

You can pop in and out as often as you like to complete the survey in small chunks, or you can do the whole thing in one sitting. You just click on the entry link in your registration email to access the survey.

I got a time-out message OR my survey got cut off, how can I get back in? And will I lose my progress?


The entry link you received in your registration email will get you back into the survey at the last page you completed. Data is saved every time you press the next button, so you will not lose your progress.


If this doesn't work, please email Aimee Maxwell and she will send you a new entry link.


I deleted the email with my entry link, how can I get back into the survey?


Please email Aimee Maxwell and she will send you a new entry link.


I am a deputy principal who only takes on the principal’s role when the principal is on leave or otherwise unavailable. Should I complete the survey?




I am an acting deputy principal/principal. Should I complete the survey?




How did you get my email address?


You have been emailed about the survey through one of two organisations:

The survey launch has been supported by the IPPN and the NAPD. These organisations emailed information about the survey to their members. These organisations DID NOT share your email address with us. When you complete the survey for the first time, you will be asked to provide an email address, which we will keep on record and use to contact you about annual survey updates.


Why do you need my phone number?


This is a longitudinal study. We will be contacting you in future years to ask you to complete annual updates of the survey. We ask for your mobile phone number as a secondary means of contacting you if your email address changes. If we are unable to contact you using the email address provided, we may phone or message you a reminder about the annual updates of the survey.

Your phone number will be treated as confidential personal information and will be used only to contact you about the survey. It will not be shared or made publicly available in any way.


Why do you need a second contact person?


If we are unable to contact you using the email address or phone number you provide, we may contact you through your alternative contact person. This person will be asked to pass on information to you about the survey's annual update.

No personal information or survey data will be shared with this person.

The alternative contact person’s details will be treated as confidential personal information and will be used only to contact you about the survey if we are unable to contact you directly. The person’s details will not be shared or made publicly available in any way.


What is the survey about?


The survey is collecting data on the demographics of your school, your quality of life and psychosocial job stress.


How will the survey benefit principals/deputy principals?


The information we collect will be used to inform policy makers about real costs and benefits of being in leadership roles. We hope to help change governmental and training policies to better support principals/deputy principals.


Is the survey confidential?


Completely. Your data is not accessible to anyone but the primary researchers and is de-identified before any analysis.


How will the results be reported?


We will be publishing articles in educational and policy journals as well as writing reports for industry bodies, organisations, employers and policy makers.


How can I obtain the results of the survey?


You get directed to your own wellbeing report as soon as you complete the survey.


If you forget your access details you can always email Aimee Maxwell for a reminder.


The Irish report will be available through the IPPN and the NAPD once analysis has been completed.


How will survey data be stored?


All data is stored in our secure servers in password protected and encrypted files for at least 5 years. Identified data will never be released or available under any circumstances.


Who will have access to the survey data?


Only the primary researchers will be able to access the data. Raw data will never be shared.


Why do you need the name of my school?


We are interested in the characteristics of your school such as enrolment numbers, staff numbers and the socioeconomic status of your school community. We ask you to provide the name of your school, so that we can access publicly available information about your school.

Your school name will be treated as confidential information and will not be shared in any way. No school will be named in any reporting of results.


Who is running the survey?


The survey is run by a team of researchers at the Australian Catholic University, led by Associate Professor Philip Riley with the cooperation of the IPPN and the NAPD.
It has full ethics approval and adheres to all University guidelines.


How is the survey funded?


The survey is funded by the IPPN and the NAPD.


How are principals associations involved?


The research team sought the support of principals associations to assist us with promoting the survey and emailing information about the survey out to their members.

The survey has received strong support because these organisations believe this to be an important piece of research. Principals associations have given assistance to the survey voluntarily.


What is the COPSOQ II?


The Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire is an instrument that has been used globally to measure work stress in many occupations. You can read more about it here and here. Here is a copy of the questions asked.


What is the AQoL-8D?


The AQoL-8D is a health-related quality of life instrument developed by researchers at the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University. You can read more about it here.


Why are you using these questionnaires?


We are using these questionnaires as they have been demonstrated to be reliable and valid tools. Using the COPSOQ II will allow us to look at your job stress and psychosocial health and compare it to a global dataset. Using the AQoL-8D will allow us to compare your quality of life against public norms.


What if I change my mind about participating?


While completing the survey you can choose to exit and clear your responses at any time.


After you have submitted your survey, you can email us at any time and request that your data be deleted.