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Year 9 Youth Resilience Survey results

These are the results from students in year 9 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 9 feel safe at home and report high levels of connection to their school. A large number of students in year 9 are maintaining their physical health through involvement in a club or sport. Some year 9 students face many challenges with feeling stressed, unhappy and depressed and not feeling good about themselves.

  • 6% high resilience
  • 40% good resilience with room for improvement
  • 38% some resilience experienced but weak and/or infrequent across domains
  • 16% low levels with big opportunities for strengthening resilience in most areas

Survey participants

  • 593 total responses
  • 351 females
  • 242 males


  • 92% feel safe at home
  • 91% feel parents help them to succeed
  • 88% are connected to school
  • 87% are eager to achieve
  • 82% are involved in a club or sport
  • 70% are eating well to stay well


  • 39% feel constantly under strain
  • 38% do not feel good about themselves
  • 36% have experienced bullying at school in the last 12 months
  • 32% feel unhappy and depressed
  • 26% drink alcohol
  • 23% have unhealthy attitudes towards violence

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 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 593 year 9 students.