About the Mission Australia Youth Survey

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is the largest annual survey of young people in Australia. Now in its 19th year, the Mission Australia Youth Survey continues to provide a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to share their values, aspirations and concerns.

The results of the Youth Survey are shared with governments, non-government organisations, schools and social commentators to inform the debate around the circumstances of young people in Australia and to support the development of policies, services and programs that have the needs of young people at their core.

Highlights from the 2020 Youth Survey

This year 25,800 young people participated in the 19th annual Youth Survey. This landmark report provides invaluable evidence collected during the COVID-19 pandemic about young people’s most pressing concerns.

For the first time, equity and discrimination is the top national issue for young people, increasing by more than 60 per cent since last year.

More than one quarter of young people reported being unfairly treated in the past year, most commonly due to their gender and race/cultural background.

Mission Australia’s CEO, James Toomey said: “This year, we’re hearing loud and clear that our young people see discrimination as a major issue in Australia, and are very concerned about unfair treatment, with gender inequality being at the forefront of their concerns.

“Dismissing young people’s concerns as gender politics is to miss the point, the message loud and clear is that young females and young males are concerned about gender inequality in Australia.

“Young people are also experiencing and seeing racial injustices in their day-to-day lives. Their own experience of this discrimination, alongside escalating media coverage, public dialogue and grassroots movements such as Black Lives Matter are likely to be affecting young people’s thoughts about the state of Australia and the world around them.”

The Youth Survey 2020 results also confirmed that COVID-19 has been affecting young people across several life domains. COVID-19 was identified as the second most frequently cited issue of national importance and concerns were raised in relation to the impacts of COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns included education, isolation and mental health.

Read the report

Mission Australia Youth Survey Report 2020

Mission Australia Youth Survey 2020 Infographic

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander summary (Youth Survey Report 2020)

Comparing major cities and regional areas (Youth Survey Report 2020)


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We are now preparing for the Youth Survey 2021! If you are a school, community organisation, group or young person and are interested in being involved in the Youth Survey 2021, please complete the form below. We will be sending out further information in the coming months.

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