Largest local youth survey helps young voices be heard

Australia's largest youth survey is inviting young people to have their say.
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Mission Australia is putting out the call for young people aged 15-19 to have their say in the charity’s 23rd annual Youth Survey.

The 2024 Youth Survey is an invaluable opportunity for young people to share what they view as the key issues impacting the country and highlight their own personal challenges.

In 2023, nearly 20,000 young people completed the survey, naming the environment (44 per cent), equity and discrimination (31 per cent), the economy and financial matters (31 per cent) and mental health (30 per cent) as the issues they believe are most important in Australia.

Respondents also expressed greater levels of concern relating to the issue of housing and homelessness than in previous years (19 per cent, up from 12 per cent in 2022).

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Inviting young people to share their experiences

Mission Australia CEO Sharon Callister says the Youth Survey provides a vital outlet for young people to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences.

“The results of the 2024 survey will reflect the current reality for young people in Australia,” Ms Callister says.

“Our young people are living with the existential anxiety of climate change while also navigating a cost-of-living crisis where housing stress is impacting many families,” she says.

Results of the survey will be published in November and are shared with government and non-government organisations, schools and the public.

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The survey focuses on a wide range of topics, including questions on mental health and well-being, sources of support and community connections, housing and financial situation, climate change, and personal concerns such as body image, bullying, discrimination and stress. Young people are also asked to provide solutions to the personal issues they face.

Additional focus areas for 2024 are social media use, loneliness and opinions relating to alcohol and drugs.

Schools draw on data to inform decision-making

Youth Survey 2024 is open from April to August and takes 20 minutes to complete.

Respondents can complete the survey online, either through arrangements with participating schools or groups or individually through Mission Australia’s website. 

“Policymakers, organisations and schools draw on our Youth Survey data when making decisions that impact young people and when determining how best to support them during what can be a challenging time in their lives,” Ms Callister says.

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“Strong levels of participation in Mission Australia’s Youth Survey will ensure the views of young people are comprehensively captured and their voices heard, so I encourage community groups, schools and sporting organisations to publicise the survey and support young people to get involved.”

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