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Year 3 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in year 3 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".

Year 3 resilience snapshot

Students in Year 3 show high levels of connection to their schools and report strong relations with their families.

The survey identified students were eating well and staying physically fit, however a number of young people reported feeling stressed and under constant strain.

66% of students surveyed do not stand up for what they believe in, but report high levels of compassion for others.

  • 16% high resilience
  • 48% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 29% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 7% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 283 total responses
  • 133 females
  • 150 males


  • 91% report that they are eager to achieve
  • 89% believe their parents are good at talking with them
  • 93% feel that they school cares and encourages them
  • 92% eat breakfast at home 3 or more days a week
  • 94% feel connected to school
  • 93% think it is important to help other people


  • 24% text between 10pm and 6am
  • 61% have been bullied at school in the last 12 months
  • 31% are losing sleep through worry
  • 26% feel constantly under strain
  • 23% do not feel good about themselves
  • 66% do not stand up for what they believe in

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.