The This Is Us Australia project interviews members of the Australian community.

Project questions

Particpants will be asked these questions or a pre-agreed combination of these questions. The interviewer may also ask a small number of clarifying follow-up questions.

Questions for participants with a personal migration story:-
What is a typical day like for you?
Have you always lived in (wherever the person now lives)?
What was life like there? (All the places the person has lived previously)
How did you come to live in (wherever the person now lives)?
What was the first year in Australia like for you?
How has life changed for you, living in (wherever the person now lives)?
Is there something that someone seeing you in the street who didn’t know you would be surprised to know?
Is there something else you would like people to know about you?

Questions for participants who were born in Australia to parents who migrated:-
What is a typical day like for you?
Where did your parent/s migrate from to Australia?
What did they tell you about life there? (All the places the person’s parent/s lived previously)
How did your parent/s come to live in Australia?
What did they tell you about what the first year in Australia was like for them?
What did they tell you about how life changed for them, living in Australia?
How did their migration experience affect the way they raised you and your relationship with them?
In what other ways has your family’s migration experience affected you and the person you have become?
Have you lived outside of Australia for a period of time? If so, what was it like for you to be an Australian overseas? How has that experience affected you and the person you have become?

Questions for participants who have another story of difference:-
What is a typical day like for you?
Tell me about your experience of difference.
What was it like for you growing up / negotiating significant life transitions with this experience of difference?
How has this experience affected your relationships with others?
In what other ways has this experience affected you and the person you have become?
Is there something that someone seeing you in the street who didn’t know you would be surprised to know?
Is there something else you would like people to know about you?

Interview recording and posting

Participants may choose either to submit written responses to these questions or to be interviewed. Interviews may take 15 minutes to over 1 hour, depending on how much a participant chooses to say. Interviews will usually be audio or video recorded and then either transcribed or podcast. Participants will have a chance to read the transcribed interview or listen to the prepared podcast before it is posted and to request changes.

Completed submissions and interviews will be posted onto the project website (thisisusaustralia.com) with a name, suburb, photograph, and a segment of audio or video. Links will be posted to Facebook (www.facebook.com/thisisusaustralia) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/thisisusaus).

Identifying details and permission

Identifying details such as a name, location, photograph and voice recording can be selected, altered or omitted to protect identity. Participant names and contact details will be kept in a secure location and will only be used for the purposes of this project, unless their prior permission is obtained. If representatives of the media request permission to re-use a part of an interview, prior permission will be sought from participants.

Withdrawing from the project

Participants may withdraw from the project at any time by requesting in writing that their interview be deleted from the project website and podcast location. The project can be contacted via the contact page on the project website and at thisisusaustralia@gmail.com.

How to take part

The first step is to download, read and agree to the project Consent Form (Season Two). The form includes the details outlined above.

Participants who choose to submit their answers online may do this by sending the following details to the project email address, thisisusaustralia at gmail.com: the name and suburb you wish to appear in the post, your signed scanned consent form, your answers to the project questions and a current photograph. If you have capacity to voice record, please record a brief (no more than 60 seconds) segment from your written answers that will be of interest to readers and make them curious to read the rest of your interview. If you do not have the equipment to voice record, the project co-ordinator may choose and voice a segment for you, with your permission.

Participants who choose to be interviewed can be in touch using the project Contact page or email address: thisisusaustralia at gmail.com. In-person interviews will be conducted in quiet place, and details including signing the Consent Form and choosing a suitable photograph will be arranged at that time. Participants choosing a telephone or skype interview will need to send the following details to the project email address: your signed scanned consent form and a current photograph.

Photograph: Marching past the famous chalked wall, Anzac Day March and Service, Redfern, by Andrew Finden via Flickr.