About the Mission Australia Youth Survey

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is Australia’s largest annual survey of youth of its kind. It provides a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to share their aspirations and ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them.

Each year, the Youth Survey gives valuable insights into the lives of young Australians and an understanding of their values, concerns, challenges and ambitions. The survey provides a snapshot of how young people feel about their own lives and broader national issues.

Mission Australia CEO James Toomey urges young people across Australia to share their voice.

The Youth Survey provides rich insights into young people’s hopes, aspirations and concerns and is widely used as an authoritative source of information across governments, NGOs and social commentators to inform the debate around the circumstances of young people in Australia.

The Youth Survey also equips organisations like Mission Australia with current evidence on how young people are faring so we can advocate on their behalf for the services and broader policy changes that they need. These are our future leaders and I am confident that if we provide them with the right supports now, then we have a very positive future.

Highlights from the 2018 Youth Survey

A record 28,286 young people participated in the 2018 Youth Survey. This year, young people identified mental health, alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination as the three most important issues in Australia today. This is the first time in our 17 years of reporting that each state and territory named mental health as the top issue in Australia. The rate of young people identifying mental health as a key national issue has doubled since 2016. Mental health also relates to each of the top four personal issues of concern this year: coping with stress, school or study problems, mental health and body image.

The Youth Survey 2018 also included new questions to explore young people’s perceptions surrounding any barriers that may impact upon them finding work and moving out of home in the future, as well as questions about their values, work/study goals, activities and wellbeing.

Read the report

Want to get involved?

The 2019 Youth Survey has not yet opened for participation. If you are a school, community organisation or young person that would like to get involved, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Youth Survey report 2018

Latest news, media & blog articles

Read about what we’ve been working on, our stance on important social issues and how you make a difference to vulnerable Australians' lives.

Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'