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The views and experiences of young people in Australia five months into the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Young people are adapting to a COVID-19 world, but their ability to cope is still under strain.    

While many children and young people are more hopeful than they were in April, they remain concerned about impacts on their education and future opportunities. Young people in Melbourne also report some worse outcomes then those in the rest of the country. 

“It’s like you are in a swimming
race, swimming with a corona-free
person who has had the greatest
year 12 experience. But I [have]
all these bags of sand on my back
trying to swim the same race.
The aim of this research is not only to listen to young people’s experiences, but to elevate their voices with governments to ensure policy responses throughout this rapidly evolving crisis meet the needs of children and young people.

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This research is the second part of a three-phase study into the views and experiences of young people in Australia living through the coronavirus pandemic. 

The first phase of this national survey was conducted between 7 and 16 April 2020, mere weeks after the national lockdown response was implemented on 20 March. This second survey was conducted between 9 July and 4 August, after the national lockdown was lifted on 20 June and just as Melbourne and other parts of Victoria went into their Stage 3 second lockdown on July 8. 

UNICEF Australia will continue to track young people’s experiences throughout the year, with the final phase of the research expected towards the end of 2020.


In July and August UNICEF Australia engaged YouGov Galaxy to conduct a national statistically representative survey of over 1,200 young people aged between 13-17 years.

UNICEF Australia staff and our Young Ambassadors also conducted 19 online consultations, hearing from 167 children and young people from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory.