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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

Students in Year 12 feel safe and secure at home and say their teachers encourage them to develop and achieve at school. Although 87% 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 losing sleep through worry and feeling good about themselves.

54% of students surveyed do not feel in control of their life and future, but report high levels of compassion for others.

  • 3% high resilience
  • 24% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 45% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 28% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 396 total responses
  • 202 females
  • 194 males


  • 90% feel safe and secure at home
  • 80% say teachers urge them to develop and achieve
  • 66% are able to concentrate
  • 74% eat breakfast at home 3 or more days a week
  • 91% value diversity
  • 90% think it's important to help other people


  • 87% text between 10pm and 6am
  • 71% are not involved in serving the community
  • 48% are losing sleep through worry
  • 62% are not getting 8 hours sleep
  • 50% do not feel good about themselves
  • 54% do not feel in control of their life and future

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.