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Year 6 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in year 6 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 6 feel safe and secure at home, are eager to achieve and are engaged in the learning process at school. They also report high levels of compassion and think it is important to help others. The main challenges for year 6 students are face to face bullying with 42% of students reporting that they have been bullied at least once in the last 12 months. A large number of students in year 6 also report to be losing sleep through worry and feel constantly under strain.

  • 19% high resilience
  • 51% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 25% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 5% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 930 total responses
  • 436 females
  • 494 males


  • 98% are engaged in the learning process
  • 95% think it's important to help other people
  • 94% feel safe and secure at home
  • 92% are eager to achieve
  • 92% feel parents help them to succeed
  • 90% are involved in a club or sport


  • 42% have experienced bullying at school in the last 12 months
  • 42% do not feel a sense of purpose in life
  • 25% are losing sleep through worry
  • 22% do not feel good about themselves
  • 21% feel constantly under strain
  • 21% feel unhappy and depressed

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 analysed data provides an opportunity for planning programs and events to improve the resilience of young people and enhance connections to schools 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 930 year 6 students.