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Speak out: Mission Australia Youth Survey

Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2021 is now open inviting people aged 15-19, living in Australia to contribute to the largest online survey of its kind that provides an important insight into the experiences and views of young people.

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This year’s Youth Survey questions will again focus on young people’s housing situation, disability and experiences of discrimination, along with new questions to better understand the impact of Covid-19 and stress management.

The survey takes around 20 minutes to complete, and responses can be recorded online or through arrangements with participating schools or groups or individually through Mission Australia’s website. 

According to Mission Australia CEO, James Toomey this year celebrates two decades of providing a vital platform for young Australians to share their thoughts and experiences.

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“Our Youth Survey is Australia’s pre-eminent survey of the views and sentiments of young Australians and is an important source of information frequently cited by organisations and governments. It is often tapped into by families and individuals to develop a picture of what our young people are thinking and experiencing. It can also guide us on how to best support young Australians as they transition into adulthood,” he said.

“We know from last year’s survey that young people have been feeling the brunt of the impact of Covid-19 in terms of a range of issues including mental health, education and employment.”

In 2020, for the first time, equity and discrimination was the top national issue for young people, increasing by more than 60 per cent since 2019. Covid-19 was identified as the second issue of most concern, followed by mental health.  

The surveyis open until August 9, 2021. To take part visit: www.missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey or share using: #YouthSurvey2021