About the Mission Australia Youth Survey

Each year we encourage Australians aged 15-19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them through Australia’s largest online youth survey. In 2017 we had over 24,000 responses.

With each Mission Australia Youth Survey, we gain important insights into the lives of young Australians and an understanding of their aspirations, values, concerns and ambitions. The survey provides a snapshot of how young people feel currently about their own lives and broader national issues.

We strive for an accurate representation of our nation’s young people and ensure that the voices of vulnerable young people are heard. We receive responses from all over the country, including capital cities, regional areas and remote locations such as Tiwi Islands, Port Headland and Oodnadatta. Among those who take part are young people who are in residential drug and alcohol centres, and teenagers who are homeless or are at risk of being so. Since its inception 16 years ago, the Youth Survey has become a critical piece of research and is used to inform the agendas of governments, policy makers and community organisations. The results can also be reported for specific regions or schools where there are enough respondents.

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Highlights from the 2017 Youth Survey

In 2017, for the first time in the survey’s history young people identified mental health as the most important issue in Australia today. Concerns about mental health have doubled since 2015 and tripled since 2011. Other top issues of national concern included alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination.

Young people continue to nominate coping with stress, school or study problems and body image as their top three issues of personal concern. This has remained consistent over the past 5 years.

Many of the personal concerns reported by young people relate to their own mental health, including coping with stress, body image and depression, and mental health was also identified by many young people as a possible barrier to achieving their work or study goals after school. This reinforces that much more needs to be done to ensure that young people can access the right mental health supports when they need them.

More than half of young people saw barriers to achieving their post-school goals with the most common barriers being academic ability, financial difficulty and mental health. For young people living in regional areas, where you live was also identified as a common barrier.

We need to ensure they have access to education and training, secure housing and support services, regardless of where they live or their family income, so all young people have the best opportunities for their future.

Read the report

Mission Australia Youth Survey Report 2017 Mission Australia Youth Survey infographic 2017 Youth Survey 2017: Major cities and regional areas

Youth Survey 2017 Results

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