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Year 12 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in year 12 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

Majority of students in year 12 feel safe and secure at home and are engaged in learning with strong parent support to help them succeed. Most students also show confidence in maintaining friendships. More than half of year 12 students, however, reported that they are not getting at least 8 hours of sleep at night and are not feeling good about themselves. A large number of students also reported that they feel unhappy and depressed and that they don’t feel in control of their lives.

  • 2% high resilience
  • 22% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 30% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 2% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 373 total responses
  • 233 females
  • 140 males


  • 90% feel safe at home
  • 87% feel their parents help them to succeed
  • 85% are engaged in learning
  • 84% feel they have empathy, sensitivity and friendship skills
  • 82% are connected to the school
  • 81% are eager to achieve


  • 66% are not getting 8 hours sleep
  • 55% don't feel good about themselves
  • 49% are losing sleep through worry
  • 44% feel they don't have adults who care
  • 45% feel unhappy and depressed
  • 55% don't feel in control of their lives

What is the Youth Resilience Survey?

The Youth Resilience Survey is an evidence based online survey which indicates the self-reported strengths of young people. The survey is framed in three resilience pathways: Safe, Healthy and Fulfilling with 10 domains underpinning these categories providing a current picture of how to build resilience in young people. The data, when analysed, provides an opportunity for planning programs and events to improve the resilience of young people and enhance connections to school and the local community.

In 2017, we partnered with Resilient Youth and 24 local schools, surveying over 6,400 students in years 3 to 12. This snapshot provides an overview of the resilience of 373 year 12 students.