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Youth Survey 2017

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Thanks to the 65 amazing young people who participated in the national Mission Australia 2017 Youth Survey.  Please see below for a summary of the results.



In 2017, young people aged 15-19 years living in Golden Plains Shire had the opportunity to have their say about the issues and decisions that affect them, at both national and local levels, as part of the national Mission Australia Youth Survey.

The Mission Australia Youth annual survey has been conducted nationally since 2002.  In 2017, Mission Australia provided Local Governments, including Golden Plains Shire Council, with a detailed report containing the feedback from those who complete the survey from their area.  

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

65 young people filled in the online survey which focused on social inclusion in the areas of education, employment, family and social support, and wellbeing. Download the full report

Key findings from Golden Plains Shire:

Education and employment

  • 92% intend to complete year 12 (lower than state average 97%)
  • 46% are confident of achieving work and study goals (higher than state average 40%)
  • Post-secondary school plans: university (53%); get a job (21%); apprenticeship (10%); TAFE or college (8%).  1 in 4 young people planned to travel or have a gap year.
  • Top three barriers to achieving post-school goals reflect the issues of living in a low-density rural Shire: transport (21% - significantly higher than state average 6%); where you live  (18% - significantly higher than state average 7%); academic ability (16% - lower than state average 21%)

Health, wellbeing and social relationships

  • 3 in 4 young people indicated that overall they felt happy about their lives (higher than national average of 63%)
  • Top things young people value: friendships; family relationships; study or school satisfaction
  • Top activities young people were involved in: sport (spectator 68%; participant 67%); volunteer work (53%); arts, cultural, or music activity (39%)
  • Top issues in Australia today: alcohol and drugs (34%); mental health (26%); equity and discrimination (19%)
  • Top issues of personal concern: coping with stress; body image; school or study problems
  • Top sources of help: friends (87%); parents (82%); internet (66%)
  • 59% of respondents indicated they would attend a GP or health professional for a serious issue (significantly higher than state average 45%)

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

Council will share the key findings from the report via social media and the Council website. The findings from the Golden Plains Shire report will be used by Council's Youth Development team to guide our funding applications and programs moving forward.  Findings from the nation-wide survey will be used to influence politicians and organisations who make decisions that affect young people across Australia.  


May - August 2017: Survey open

December 2017: Mission Australia publishes results

January 2018: Council reports back on findings

Contact Information

Mark DeCampo
Senior Youth Development Officer
5220 7106
Project Category: 
Children, Youth and Families
Last Updated: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Project Status: 
Past Project
Mission Australia partnered with Council in 2017 to find out about the social inclusion and wellbeing of young people in Golden Plains Shire.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.