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6 Dec 2016

Each year we encourage Australians aged 15-19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them through Australia’s largest online youth survey. In 2016 we had nearly 22,000 respondents and the survey revealed that more than half of young people believe there are barriers...


16 Feb 2016

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According to the 2011 Census, some 44,000 children and young people in Australia are homeless. The reality is worse; many others are ‘hidden homeless’ who are not counted in the official statistics.

There is a growing body of evidence being...


30 Nov 2015

More than half of young people believe there are barriers which will prevent them reaching their goals when they leave school, according to this report.


21 Oct 2015

Shows an increase in the prevalence of probable mental illness among young females.

Introduction Adolescence can be an exciting time of life, but it is also the peak age of onset for many mental health disorders.This adds further complexity to an already challenging...


24 Aug 2015

Young people living in low socio-economic status areas are more likely to be concerned with getting a job, bullying and other emotional abuse than young people from higher SES areas.

Executive summary Inequality and disadvantage remain entrenched in areas of our society with...

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7 Dec 2017

Now in its 16th year, the results from this survey build on knowledge gained from past reports, while also providing a snapshot of how young people feel currently about their own lives and broader national issues.


14 Nov 2017

This report compiles existing research and data to present an overview of the current issues around ageing and homelessness in Australia. The report explores the precursors and drivers of homelessness for older people, and also provides solutions and recommendations to respond to the growing problem....


24 Oct 2017

This report uses data from the Mission Australia Youth Survey 2016 to provide an understanding of the different issues and challenges facing young people from different socio-economic backgrounds across Australia.


2 Aug 2017

This report provides findings from the Mission Australia Youth Survey, showing that poor family functioning and serious mental illness are factors that impact on the risks of homelessness for young people aged 15-19 years living in Australia.


18 Apr 2017

This report shows more young Australians are in psychological distress than five years ago, with almost one in four young people in 2016 meeting the criteria for probable serious mental illness and young females twice as likely as males to report high psychological distress....

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