Summer Survey

Summers in Australia aren’t just a day at the beach. We’re asking you to join in and be part of the biggest survey on heat, health and homes in Australia. Share your experiences, and your ideas for cooler and safer communities. The survey runs from December 2021 to March 2022.

Data Privacy Policy

  • Information collected in the community survey will be used only by Sweltering Cities unless otherwise stated.
  • No personal or identifying information will be published, and responses to survey questions will be used only in anonymised, aggregate form.
  • As the operator of the Community Survey, Sweltering Cities will contact you directly only for the following purposes:
    • to send you an update or the results of the survey
    • to discuss heat in the city or your responses if you’ve indicated that it’s ok.
  • As the operator of the Community Survey, Sweltering Cities will not disclose any of your personal data or individual survey response data to any third party.

At the end of 2020 Sweltering Cities launched our first community survey to listen to people’s stories of living with the heat, to build a picture of the biggest challenges and community level solutions, and change the narrative on climate change and global warming in our cities. In Sydney we gathered almost 700 responses across 170 postcodes and in Melbourne our 115 responses across 50 postcodes. All the responses give us a powerful picture of how heat is affecting our communities and what they need to keep cool.

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Working outside on a very hot day or in a hot inside space can be dangerous. Does your workplace have a plan for the heat?

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More and more people rely on air con to keep cool. But what happens if you can’t afford it or it stops working? Many of our homes aren’t built to be comfortable or safe in extreme heat.

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