25 years of insight into Australian youth

Media release

7 April 2020

Over the past 25 years, the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) has provided insights into the diverse pathways young Australians take and how they have changed over time.

Released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), a new report 25 years of LSAY: Research from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth brings together a selection of previously-published work to showcase the value of this long running program.

“As one of the few longitudinal surveys in the world with multiple cohorts, LSAY has generated a wealth of interesting, insightful, and sometimes surprising findings,” said Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER.

“For example, researchers have used LSAY data to understand the effects of vocational education and training (VET) programs on school completion, as well as the impact of social, economic and technological change on youth employment.”

Commencing in 1995, LSAY has followed over 60 000 young Australians from the ages of 15 to 25 as they moved from school into further study, work, and other destinations.

More than 300 studies have been published using LSAY data, and an additional 2,400 studies have cited work published under the LSAY research program.

While not an exhaustive reflection of LSAY’s long research history, the new report covers key topics such as schooling, the influence of socioeconomic status and demographics on future opportunities, and pathways taken from school into further education and work.

“With the latest survey updated to include modules that reflect the life experiences and the issues facing today’s youth, LSAY continues to be an invaluable resource for understanding the experiences of young Australians,” Mr Walker said.

The report 25 years of LSAY: Research from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth is now available on the LSAY website.

An accompanying infographic is also available.

The LSAY survey program is administered by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Enquiries: Helen Wildash, PR and Social Media Officer M: 0448 043 148 E: helenwildash@ncver.edu.au

About NCVER: we are the principal provider of research, statistics and data on Australia’s VET sector. Our services help promote better understanding of VET and assist policy-makers, practitioners, industry, training providers, and students to make informed decisions.