Social Research Centre

Generation Survey

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Research Areas

Attitudes +
Values

Education +
Knowledge

Policy +
Politics

Project Status

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Intention
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Invitation
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Involvement
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Insights
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Impact

GENERATION is a study following the journey of young Australians, as they transition to life beyond school. This landmark study of students across the country aims to reflect the collective experience of young Australians – inside and outside school, while providing both participants and educators valuable insights into career interests and post-school plans. This is the second year of the national study, which anticipates running for ten years in total.

 

Partner

This research is being conducted for the Australian National University by the Social Research Centre.

 

Aims + Outcomes

This landmark study of students across the country aims to reflect the collective experience of young Australians – inside and outside school, while providing both participants and educators valuable insights into career interests and post-school plans. This is the second year of the national study, which anticipates running for ten years in total.

Methods

Participants will be contacted once a year over ten years. Participants can complete the survey online and may be called to complete the survey over the phone.  

 

Insight

18%

About 18% of Year 10 students expected to be a ‘Health Professional’ at age 30, with this being the most popular choice of profession.

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20%

Of those who were a part of an individual or team sport, took art, music or performance lessons, or engaged in cultural activities, around 1 in 5 were representing their town, city or state.

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42%

Among those who wanted to pursue a vocational pathway more males than females thought their peers wanted to do the same (42% agreement for males compared to 23% agreement for females).

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Impact

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Have you been contacted about participating in this study?

Who participates?

This landmark study of over 70,000 students across the country aims to reflect the collective experience of young Australians – inside and outside school, while providing both participants and educators valuable insights into career interests and post-school plans.

What are the benefits?

The survey is voluntary and takes about 30 minutes to complete either online or by phone. The Social Research Centre (SRC) will contact you from late-July to invite you to complete the survey.

You will receive a $25 electronic gift card as a thank you for your time. This will be sent to your nominated email address upon completion of the survey. Your responses to questions about your social and emotional skills will be used to create an individualised profile that may be of interest to you. This information could provide useful insights into your personal preferences.

How does it work?

The survey will be conducted from late July 2023. We will send you unique login details via email. If you provided a mobile number, you will also receive an SMS with a link to complete the survey online. We may follow up by ringing people who have not been able to complete the online survey.

If you received an email, you can complete the survey by simply clicking the ‘take survey’ button in your email. If you receive an SMS, you can click the link provided to complete.

Please refer to this participant information sheet for more information about the study.

How do we ensure privacy is protected?

Testing 2. The Social Research Centre complies with the Australian Privacy Principles. All personal contact information such as name, email and phone number is removed from the final data. Your responses will be de-identified, held in the strictest confidence and will not be disclosed to other organisations for marketing or research purposes. The responses of everyone who participates in this survey will be combined for analysis. Please see the SRC’s Privacy Policy.

FAQs

Why do you need to hear from me?

GENERATION is being undertaken by researchers from the Australian National University (ANU), the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the Social Research Centre (SRC). The Centre for Social Research and Methods at the ANU is leading the research.

The research has been commissioned by the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment, and all Australian state and territory governments.

Who is conducting the survey?

GENERATION is being undertaken by researchers from the Australian National University (ANU), the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the Social Research Centre (SRC). The Centre for Social Research and Methods at the ANU is leading the research.
The research has been commissioned by the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment, and all Australian state and territory governments.

How did you get my details?

You have been invited to participate in the research because you participated in the GENERATION 2022 survey and agreed to be re-contacted for further research. You provided your contact details when agreeing to be re-contacted for this important research.

How long is the survey?

The survey should take around 30 minutes to complete depending on your answers.

Will my answers be confidential? 

In collecting your personal information within this research, the ANU, ACER and SRC must comply with the Privacy Act 1988. Your answers will be held in the strictest confidence and under the Privacy Act all information provided will only be used for research purposes. Survey results will be used in reports, publications and on the GENERATION website. Individual students or schools will not be identified in reports available to the public.

 

For further information, please view the links below.

  • ANU’s Privacy Policy is available here.
  • ACER’s Privacy Policy is available here.

 

SRC’s Privacy Policy is available here.

Are there any risks from taking part?

We do not anticipate any risks to taking part in the survey. You only need to answer questions if you feel comfortable and safe to do so.

What if I have concerns about the ethical conduct of the survey?

The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2022/037). If you have any concerns or complaints about how this research has been conducted, please contact:

Ethics Manager
The ANU Human Research Ethics Committee
The Australian National University
Phone: +61 2 6125 3427
Email: Human.Ethics.Officer@anu.edu.au.

Resources

Participant information sheet

Information about this project in a printable format.

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Data linkage process

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Get in touch

GENERATION project website

For more information about the survey, please visit the GENERATION project website generationsurvey.net

Survey questions

If you have any other questions about the survey, you can also contact the GENERATION helpdesk on 1800 122 789 or by emailing generation@srcentre.com.au.