3 Participand characteristics

Although it was hoped that a larger number of participants (up to 100) might attend given that the workshop was planned on a weekend, there were only 32 participants in total. Of the 32 participants, the majority stayed until the end of the workshop, however three participants had to leave before the end of the day due to prior engagements. As such, only 29 participants completed the post-workshop questionnaire.

There was an almost equal representation of males (50%, n=16) and females (46.9%, n=15) among the workshop participants who were aged from 22 to 75 years, with a mean age of 54 years. The age distribution was skewed towards older age groups with approximately one third of participants aged over 65 years according to individual survey results. The majority of workshop participants held a tertiary level education (68.7%, n=22), with 15.6% (n=5) having completed a diploma, 40.6% (n=13) a bachelor or honours degree, and 12.5% (n=4) a postgraduate degree. Such high levels of education in the majority of a group are quite unique compared to previous workshops that CSIRO has conducted on climate change and low emission energy technologies.

Figure 4. Opening Digivote responses to gender and age questions.

More than half of workshop participants were in paid employment (62.5%, n=20), with 25% (n=8) employed full-time, 21.9% (n=7) self employed and 15.6% (n=5) employed part-time or casual. About one fifth of participants (21.9%) were retired or pension recipients, while 13% were either unemployed (6.3%, n=2), performed home duties (3.1%, n=1) or studied full-time (3.1%, n=1). A range of occupations were represented, the most frequent being professional (18.8%, n=6), followed by manager (12.5%, n=4) and other (12.5%, n=4).

A range of household income brackets were represented, ranging from $10,000 – 19,999 to more than $250,000. The most frequent household income was between $150,000 – 199,999 (15.6%, n=5), followed by $100,000 – 124,999 (12.5%, n=4) and $40,000 – 49,999 (12.5%, n=4).