Family Energy Study 2014 – Households with Children 

You are invited to be part of a study being conducted by Dr Yolande Strengers and Dr Larissa Nicholls at RMIT University.

The electricity industry is considering a range of changes to address challenges of electricity supply and demand in Australia. This study aims to better understand electricity use in households with children and to help represent the needs and interests of families in decisions about electricity pricing, policy and regulation in Australia.

The study is funded by the Consumer Advocacy Panel ( and approved by the RMIT Human Research Ethics Committee.

Important Information:

  • The survey is open to all electricity grid-connected Australian households that have children living at home (at least 1 child under 18 years of age).
  • We ask that only one adult (parent or guardian) in the household does the survey.
  • There are two $500 Coles/Myer gift card prizes. Two households will be randomly selected to receive one of these gift cards. If you would like to be included in the gift card draw you can provide your contact details for the purpose of the prize draw. Your name and contact details will not be used in the survey analysis or for any other purpose.
  • Your confidentiality and anonymity will be protected at all times.
    The survey takes about 20-30 minutes.

Note: You might find the survey easier on a computer than on a smart phone.

Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre Research

The Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre (CUAC) is undertaking research to explore the ability of single mothers to keep up with their utility bills after the recent move from the Single Mothers Pension to a Newstart allowance. CUAC is a specialist consumer organisation established in 2002 to represent Victorian energy and water consumers in policy and regulatory processes.

CUAC are interested in hearing the stories of women who are making this transition and some of the challenges they have faced. If you are interested in participating please contact Loren Days at

Ripples of Blue

Have you experienced depression? If you have, you are not alone: more than one third of mothers experience depression. 

Are you interested in sharing your experiences to help other mothers?

Ripples of Blue is a research project that will explore how social and economic experiences contribute to single mothers experiences of depression and we are seeking mothers from the City of Hume (including Broadmeadows, Tullamarine, Craigieburn and Sunbury) to participate in this study. Enjoy free pamper gift bags, refreshments and childcare while sharing your experiences in a fun and relaxing space. 

To be eligible to participate in the research you must be 38 years or younger and have had your baby before you turned 30. 

For more information please SMS Joy on 0432 581 471.

Young Mothers’ Experiences with University Education

Amy is a student currently completing her Bachelor of Social Work with Honours at Victoria University. As part of her degree Amy is conducting a study into young mother’s experiences with university education, exploring what has made it possible for these mums to complete a university degree and what has hindered them.

Amy is looking for women who have had their children within the last ten years, who were aged between 16 and 21 years when they gave birth and have either completed or are in their final year of a Bachelor level University degree.

Participants will be asked to undertake a one-on-one interview of approximately 45 minutes in length. Topics covered during the interview will include:

-        the timing of the pregnancy,

-        pregnancy intentions prior to becoming pregnant,

-        educational aspirations prior to and after pregnancy,

-        the reasoning behind the field of study chosen,

-        difficulties faced in pursuing educational aspirations, and

-        what has made it possible to pursue a university education.

Questions will be forwarded to participants prior to the interview and if you are unable, or do not wish, to participate in a face to face interview, there is also an option to answer questions via written (email) response.

If you are interested in participating please contact for further information.