The Youth in Focus Survey is a new and exciting survey about the experiences of young people in Australia. It asks questions about family background, living arrangements, education, work, relationships, income, health, spare time, and aspirations and attitudes.
Two waves of the survey have been conducted. The first took place in 2006 and the second in 2008. Young people aged 18 and one of their parents or carers were interviewed. The parents and carers were interviewed once (in 2006), and the young people have been interviewed twice (in 2006 and 2008). In the first wave, we interviewed about 4000 young people and 3900 parents or carers. (Due to lack of funding, no further data collection is scheduled.)
The people who were invited to participate in the survey were randomly selected from Centrelink's records. Most young people have a Centrelink record because their parents received Family Assistance while they were growing up. Other young people, who receive Youth Allowance or some other form of social security payment, have a Centrelink record in their own right. It is estimated that about 85% of all young people in Australia have a Centrelink record.
Information for participants
Each wave of the survey is carried out over several months. Each selected person have received or will receive a letter from the Australian Government inviting them to participate in the survey, and interviews are carried out a few weeks later by Roy Morgan Research. Copies of the letters and the information brochure for all waves can be obtained by clicking on the links below. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view or print these documents
The Youth in Focus project is a joint research project between a team of academic researchers and the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA). The research team consists of:
- Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, University of Melbourne, Australia.
- Professor Robert Breunig, The Australian National University, Australia.
- Dr Tue Gørgens, The Australian National University, Australia.
- Professor Jeff Borland, University of Melbourne, Australia.
- Professor Robert Haveman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
- Professor Barbara Wolfe, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
Ms Jocelyn Pech, Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (previously with the Department of Family and Community Services). (Left 2007.)
Associate Professor Chris Ryan, University of Melbourne, Australia. (Joined 2008.)
The project is supported by a five-year Linkage-Project grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC). The Australian National University (ANU) is the lead institution and has primary responsibility for coordinating the work of the research team and FaCSIA and for reporting to the ARC.
The collection of survey data has been sub-contracted to Roy Morgan Research, a private market research company.
If you are a participant and have questions about the survey, you can contact Roy Morgan Research on the Youth in Focus hotline 1800 647 466 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For research-related and other questions about the Youth in Focus project, you can contact members of the research team.
If you have any queries regarding ethical aspects of the project, you can speak to the survey manager or contact the Secretary of the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee directly at:
The Australian National University
T: +61 2 612 57945
F: +61 2 612 54807