National Youth Survey

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Each year Mission Australia conducts the National Youth Survey with the 2023 survey conducted between April and August.

The Youth Survey provides invaluable insights about Australia’s young people and provides a platform for young people to share their goals, experiences and concerns during an important time of transition in their lives.

Survey respondents

19,501 young people aged 15 to 19 took part in the 2023 Survey.  A proportion of respondents by state/territory is below.

State

Number of respondents

Respondent percentage

Australian Capital Territory

862

4.4%

New South Wales

4,584

23.5%

Northern Territory

520

2.7%

Queensland

3,191

16.4%

South Australia

1,694

8.7%

Tasmania

826

4.2%

Victoria

6,175

31.7%

Western Australia

1,649

8.5%


Respondent profile

Of the 19,501 respondents to the Survey:

  • 54.9% identified as female, 40.2% identified as male, 3.7 were gender diverse and 1.3% preferred not to say.
  • 4.4% identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander with 3.5% identifying as Aboriginal, 0.4% identifying as Torres Strait Islander and 0.5% identifying as both.
  • 21.6% strongly identified with a cultural or ethnic group with the most common being Indian, Chinese, Italian, Greek and Filipino.
  • 22.1% said they spoke a language other than English at home with the most common being Chinese/Mandarin, Arabic, Chinese/Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi and Greek.
  • 7.3% identified as a person with disability with 4.1% preferring not to say.
  • 34.2% of gender diverse respondents identified as living with disability compared with 5.8% of females and 6.9% of males.
  • The most frequently cited disabilities were attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder and dyslexia.

Survey Findings

To view the findings of the survey in more detail download Mission Australia's reports below.