Dave catches up with Noel Mundy from Mission Australia on Youth Homelessness Day. They also look at the 18th year of missions Australias Youth Survey.

To celebrate the 18th birthday of Mission Australia’s annual Youth Survey, the charity is encouraging a record number of young Tasmanians aged 15-19 to come to the party and have a say in Youth Survey 2019.

This year’s survey will ask some new focus questions to better understand young people’s thoughts around bullying, disability and whether young people feel they have enough of a say about the issues that affect them.

With a record number of more than 28,000 young people participating across Australia in 2018, including 1,715 young people in Tasmania, Mission Australia aims to reach well over 30,000 participants nationwide in celebration of the milestone.

Mission Australia State Director Noel Mundy encourages young people in Tasmania to share their aspirations, concerns and views for the charity’s 18th annual Youth Survey.

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“Mission Australia’s Youth Survey has come of age and is celebrating 18 years. We’re very proud of our Youth Survey, as every year it offers an important temperature check on the thoughts, concerns and aspirations of young Australians. Thanks to the Youth Survey, many organisations like Mission Australia have current evidence on what young people are thinking and experiencing, which helps us to advocate with them and for them for the services and policy changes that they need.

“To celebrate our Youth Survey’s 18th birthday, we’re encouraging even more young Tasmanians to share their voice either online, at school or through a local community group. We’re hoping to see more high schools, sporting teams, community youth groups, church groups and community service organisations urge young people to get involved this year. We truly value the voices of young people, and they must be heard. The more young people who participate, the more comprehensive and inclusive the results will be,” said Mr Mundy.

 

In 2018, four in 10 (40.6%) Tasmanian young people identified mental health as the top issue facing Australia today – up from 33.1% in 2017 and more than doubling since 2016. In 2018, the top three issues of national concern identified by young people from Tasmania were mental health, equity and discrimination, and alcohol and drugs (40.6%, 26.4% and 21.4% respectively).

 

Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2019 is open to all young people aged 15-19 years-old who are living in Australia.

 

To take part in the survey, visit www.missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey.

 

Share the word using #YouthSurvey2019 #YouthSurvey18thBirthday

 

The survey closes on 31 July 2019, with results to be released in late November.