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Year 11 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in Year 11 who participated in our Youth Resilience Survey.

What is resilience?

Andrew Fuller from Resilient Youth defines resilience as "the ability to draw upon the strengths within yourself and from around you to flexibly respond to life while remaining true to yourself and creating positive relationships with others".

Resilience snapshot

Students in Year 11 feel safe and secure at home and show strong levels of motivation to achieve. Although 82% report that they text between 10pm and 6am, the majority still report being able to concentrate at school.

The survey identified students were eating well, however a number of young people report feeling unhappy and under constant strain.

52% of students surveyed do not feel good about themselves, but report high levels of compassion for others.

  • 3% high resilience
  • 22% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 49% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 26% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 452 total responses
  • 244 females
  • 208 males


  • 78% feel safe and secure at home
  • 83% are eager to achieve
  • 66% are able to concentrate
  • 74% eat breakfast at home 3 or more days a week
  • 89% value diversity
  • 90% think it's important to help other people


  • 85% text between 10pm and 6am
  • 50% do not have adults who care about them
  • 57% are under constant strain
  • 35% are unhappy or depressed
  • 52% do not feel good about themselves
  • 67% are not helping to make their community a better place

What is the Youth Resilience Survey?

The Resilience Survey is an evidence based on-line survey which collects, collates and analyses the self-reported strengths of young people.

The data when analysed provides an opportunity for planning programs and events to improve student’s resilience and connectivity to their school and the community.

In 2016, Bayside City Council partnered with Resilient Youth Australia and 19 local schools, surveying over 6700 students in Year 3 to Year 12.