About the Mission Australia Youth Survey

The 2019 Mission Australia Youth Survey is now closed with results to be analysed and released before the end of the year.

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is Australia’s largest online youth survey, providing a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to ‘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 aspirations, values, concerns 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 get involved and speak up in the charity’s 18th annual Youth Survey.

The Youth Survey is turning 18 this year and we want to hear from as many young people across the country as we can. The Youth Survey offers many important insights into young people’s lives and experiences of growing up in Australia. It equips organisations like Mission Australia with current evidence on how young people are faring so we can advocate on their behalf for the community services and broader policy changes that they need.

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Highlights from the 2018 Youth Survey

A record 28,286 young people participated in the 2018 Youth Survey. Young people identified mental health, alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination as the three most important issues in Australia today. This was 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

Youth Survey report 2018

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