The 2021 Australian Youth Barometer: Understanding Young People in Australia Today

Lucas Walsh, Catherine Waite, Bertalan Magyar, Beatriz Gallo Cordoba, Masha Mikola, Blake Cutler

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The 2021 Australian Youth Barometer surveyed over 500 young Australians aged 18 to 24 on topics including education, employment, health and wellbeing, finances, housing, civic participation and the impact of COVID-19.

The findings paint a complex picture of young Australians today. The 2021 Youth Barometer highlights a mix of positivity and resilience amongst young people, while also showing deeper challenges related to their futures. The survey findings showed the pressures some young Australians were under and provided an insight into understanding what ‘the new normal’ might look like post-COVID and how we can collectively build thriving communities and sustainable futures for the benefit of all Australians.

The concerns expressed by young people about climate change, work, health and well-being, and technology are shared by many Australians across a wide variety of age groups. The attitudes and views of young people in this report provide windows into the wider worlds that we all inhabit and that should consequently concern us all.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne VIC Australia
PublisherMonash University
Number of pages69
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • Young People
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Money
  • Citizenship
  • Youth Justice
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Food Insecurity

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