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 2016 we had nearly 22,000 respondents.

We strive for an accurate representation of our nation’s youth. Among those who take part are young people who are in detention, 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 locations or schools where there are enough respondents.

Stay tuned for the results of our latest Youth Survey in December 2017.

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Highlights from the 2016 Youth Survey

In 2016, young people identified alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination as the most important issues in Australia today. Tellingly, mental health entered the top three for the first time in the survey’s 15-year history, with concerns about mental health doubling since 2011. Young people continue to nominate coping with stress, school or study problems and body image as their top three issues of personal concern. Mental health issues were also increasingly identified as personal concerns for young people.

Discrimination also stood out as a growing area of concern that needs to be combated through political leadership, education, media interventions and programs at organisational and community levels:

  • 1 in 4 young people experienced unfair treatment or discrimination in the past year
  • Of the 3 in 10 young females who reported experiencing discrimination, half reported gender discrimination
  • Of the 2 in 5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who reported experiencing discrimination, more than half reported discrimination on the basis of race or cultural background

Read the report

2016 Youth Survey Report

2016 Youth Survey Infographic highlights

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