Annual Youth Survey
About the Mission Australia Youth Survey
What’s it like growing up in Australia today?
The 2021 Mission Australia Youth Survey is now closed.
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.
Mission Australia CEO James Toomey urges young people across Australia to get involved and speak up in the charity’s annual Youth Survey.
“Last year we heard 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. The Youth Survey 2021 provides a platform for young people to identify their personal aspirations, concerns and to express the issues they think are important in Australia today. In a climate where young people are actively seeking out opportunities to make their views known, the Youth Survey 2021 offers a safe and reliable platform to speak up. Their valuable insights provide up-to-date evidence to inform advocacy and policy change on the issues that affect their lives.”
We are currently in the process of analysing and writing up the data for the 2021 Youth Survey Report.
The 2021 Youth Survey Report will be released December 2021.
Highlights from the 2020 Youth Survey
In 2020, 25,800 young people participated in the Youth Survey. For the first time equity and discrimination was identified as the top national issue for young people, increasing by more than 60 per cent since 2019. More than one quarter of young people reported being treated unfairly, most commonly due to their gender and race/cultural background. 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 raised in relation to the impacts of COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns included education, isolation and mental health.
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