Annual Youth Survey

Youth Survey - Have Your Say

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 2015 we had nearly 19,000 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 15 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.

Youth Survey 2016

Thank you to those who participated in the 2016 Youth Survey. The survey has now closed, with results being analysed and released before the end of this year. To register your interest for Youth Survey updates, including the 2016 Youth Survey results, please share your details with us via the ‘Sign up here’ button on this page.

For the 2016 Youth Survey, Catherine Yeomans, Mission Australia CEO said: “We have included a new special focus questions to discover more about the young people’s experience in their local community and perceptions of discrimination. The survey will also seek to understand young people’s participation in education, employment and community activities, their family and social support networks and their values and concerns”.

Highlights from the 2015 Youth Survey

Mission Australia’s 2015 youth survey revealed that more than half of young people believe there are barriers which will prevent them reaching their goals when they leave school. The focus of the 2015 survey was to uncover what young people perceive to be the main barriers to success. The results revealed that academic ability, financial difficulty and a lack of job opportunities are believed to negatively affect a young person’s ability to achieve their goals in life.

  • Alcohol and drugs were found to be an increasing concern
  • Young people continue to report that coping with stress and school/study problems are top issues of concern
  • Just over one in ten respondents indicated that they saw family responsibilities and physical or mental health as barriers to achieving their study/work goals
2015 Youth Survey Report Infographic highlights of the 2015 Youth Survey
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