About the Mission Australia Youth Survey

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is the largest annual survey of young people of its kind in Australia. It provides a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to share their values, aspirations and concerns. The Youth Survey provides a platform for young people to ‘speak up’ about the issues they are concerned about and it offers valuable insights into the experiences, concerns, challenges and ambitions of young people living in Australia.

Mission Australia CEO James Toomey says “Our Youth Survey has come of age this year and we take very seriously our responsibility and commitment to elevating the voices of young people who come from all across Australia.”

The results of the Youth Survey are shared widely with governments, schools, not-for-profit and community organisations, so that NGOs, social commentators, decision-makers and policymakers have access to current evidence on what young people are thinking, feeling and hoping in 2019. The Youth Survey gives us the vital evidence needed to advocate with young people, and for them, for the services and policy responses that they need.

Young people have a vital role in shaping our tomorrow. If we ensure young people have the right supports and opportunities to be heard, the future will be brighter for everyone. Through this survey, once again, they are speaking to us, speaking to people who need to listen to them and respond to their very real concerns and aspirations.

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Highlights from the 2019 Youth Survey

This year we are pleased to celebrate the 18th birthday of the Youth Survey. We had 25,126 young people participate in the Youth Survey in 2019. This year’s Mission Australia Youth Survey Report revealed that young people aged between 15 to 19 years old reported concerns relating to mental health, the environment, bullying and voice.

For the third year running, mental health was reported as the most important issue in Australia. The top four personal concerns also related closely to mental health, which were: coping with stress, school or study problems, mental health and body image.

Young people also expressed that they are facing a range of challenges in their lives. For the first time in 2019, young people were asked whether they had experienced bullying, with more than one in five young people surveyed reporting they had been bullied in the past 12 months. Nearly half of young people had also witnessed bullying in the past year. Proportionally, more young people from regional areas than those from major cities had experienced bullying over the past year.

The environment soared from eighth place in 2018 to second place in 2019 in the list of the issues young people say are the most important issues in Australia – more than tripling in significance since last year. Young people were also asked whether they felt they have enough of a say about important issues, with less than one in 10 young people feeling they have a voice all of the time in public affairs.

Read the report

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Youth Survey report 2019

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