Local Voices is a series of short online surveys designed to provide community members with an opportunity to confidentially express their views and experiences with Rio Tinto.
Initially launched as a pilot program in 2017 as a partnership between Rio Tinto and Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, Local Voices is now delivered by Voconiq.
Voconiq have been working with communities in the Pilbara since 2021, Busselton and Geraldton since 2022, and we're excited to have now expanded our program to Albany and Broome, Tasmania and Mongolia.
Click on your region or project below to learn more and register for Local Voices:
About Local Voices
Voconiq Local Voices is a unique community engagement program developed using research conducted by Australia's national science agency, CSIRO.
Rio Tinto has engaged Voconiq to conduct a three-year analysis of community attitudes to the company's operations. This gives communities neighbouring the operations an opportunity to express their views and experiences inside the company, helping to inform the company's decision-making.
While Rio Tinto may not be able to solve every issue raised, it will be better informed on the things that matter most to your local community.
We support the communities we work in through the Voconiq Local Voices Community Rewards Program. This allows eligible community groups (such as schools, charities, and not-for-profit clubs and organisations) within the region of the study to nominate for donations. *Terms & conditions apply
Every time a survey is completed, community members can assign a donation to one or more community groups registered with Voconiq Local Voices in their area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Local Voices is a specialised service offered by Voconiq which captures a full spectrum of opinion at a grassroots level around an industrial operation. It is a way for organisations to conduct a long-term regular analysis of community attitudes to the company’s operations in and around specific communities. It gives the communities neighbouring the operations a voice that is being heard by the company and is helping to inform business decision making.
A detailed 'anchor' survey (or baseline) is conducted to understand the key trust drivers in the community, followed by regular 'pulse' surveys to track changes over time. Surveys can be completed online, on mobile, pen and paper, or through brief phone interviews.
In addition, every survey can help earn money for local not-for-profit groups through the Voconiq Local Voices Community Reward Program. Every time a survey is completed, community members can assign a donation to one or more community groups registered with Voconiq.