Resilience Survey

The Resilience Survey is a powerful tool for putting young people at the centre of their own learning.


The Resilience Survey is a proprietary 99 question online survey. It collects, collates and analyses the self-reported strengths of Australian young people in terms of their strengths, hopefulness, the incidence of anxiety and depression, and the relationship of these to key risk and protective behaviours.

Scientifically validated

The Resilience Survey includes three scientifically validated, reliable and internationally accepted measures: 

1. The Developmental Assets Profile (DAP)

2. The Children’s Hope Scale (CHS)

3. The General Health Questionnaire (GHQ12)

This means you can rely on the results as an accurate measure of the resilience and wellbeing of the young people in your school. It also provides a sound basis for planning and implementing targeted resilience building initiatives in your school.


Unmatched dataset

As of March 2017, the Resilience Survey has been administered to over 160,000 young people, in over 750 schools and community organisations. Young people have been surveyed in every state and territory of Australia, as well as in the United Kingdom and Bhutan.

Resilient Youth maintains the largest resilience dataset in Australia, giving us great insight into the lives of our young people – insight that can benefit every client.

The Resilience Survey provides every school and community that participates an important benchmark and evidence-base, incorporating developmental, cross-sectional, longitudinal and gender comparisons. 


Timely, actionable data

The Resilience Survey puts relevant, actionable data in your hands. We deliver Resilience Survey reports back to you within three weeks of survey completion. This means that the reports you receive are about the young people right in front of you.

Our reports are clear, concise and easy to comprehend, designed to facilitate thoughtful and informed conversation among young people, teachers and parents alike.

Our qualified staff will work with you to identify strategic planning opportunities suggested by the Resilience Survey results.


Frequently asked questions:

Who can do the Resilience Survey?

We provide both a Primary School Resilience Survey, appropriate for students in Years 3-6, and a Secondary School Resilience Survey, for students in years 7 -12. 

What kind of questions does the Survey ask?

The Resilience Survey asks young people 99 questions about their lives in and out of school. The survey asks young people about their thoughts and feelings related to school, family, friendships, community and themselves.

What are some example questions?

“Do you feel safe at school?” “Do you have 2 more groups of friends?” “Do you have an adult in your life who listens?” “How many times have you been bullied in the last 12 months?”

How long does the Resilience Survey take to complete?

The Resilience Survey is done by students online, in class time, and takes about 40 minutes to complete.   Older students in secondary school have reported doing the survey in 20-30 minutes.

When can we do the Resilience Survey?

The Resilience Survey can be scheduled at a time that suits you and your school. Ideally the survey will be completed within a 2-3 week window. We do not recommend surveying in the last term of the year.

What does the Resilience Survey cost?

Resilience Survey access is $4- $7 +GST per student per year (based on school size/years surveying).

How do we get started?

Get in touch with us to discuss your needs and requirements.

What happens after the Survey?

Within 3-4 weeks you will receive a comprehensive 70-page report for each Year Level and an Executive Summary Report, presenting all Year Levels cross-sectionally.  In addition to the Resilience Survey, we provide a series of workshops and programs to assist schools and communities build motivated, resilient learners.

Are individuals identified in the report?

No. All survey responses are anonymous and students non-identified. The Resilience Survey is a cohort-based analysis only. All students use the same school login details, ensuring confidentiality to encourage honest and open responses. 

Are the Resilience Survey Reports confidential?

Yes.  The Resilience Survey results from any one school or community are strictly available only to that school or community.  We do not compare individual schools against each other and ensure the privacy of each school’s data.

Do all school students need to do the Survey?

The survey is available for students Grade 3 through to 12. We strongly advise that as many students as possible complete. This will provide a more meaningful dataset.

Can we do the Resilience Survey year on year?

Yes, in fact this is the best approach. Collecting data year on year will reveal patterns and trends in the data that a one-off survey cannot show.