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Year 5 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in Year 5 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 5 show strong levels of connection to their schools. Although 53% report being bullied at school in the last 12 months, they have good adult role models.

The survey identified students were keeping physically fit, however a number of young people report losing sleep through worry and feeling unhappy.

69% of students surveyed do not stand up for what they believe in, but report high levels of compassion for others.

  • 15% High resilience
  • 54% Good resilience with room for improvement
  • 26% Some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 5% Low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 851 total responses
  • 411 females
  • 440 males


  • 93% are eager to achieve
  • 93% have good adult role models
  • 90% are able to concentrate
  • 90% keep physically fit
  • 94% feel connected to school
  • 96% think it is important to help other people


  • 53% have been bullied at school in the last 12 months
  • 57% are not involved in serving the community
  • 23% are losing sleep through worry
  • 22% are unhappy and depressed
  • 33% do not feel a sense of purpose in life
  • 69% 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.