Your Youth Sector Survey

What inspired you to be a youth sector worker? 
How do you create change with young people?

* Once completed you could win $1000 for your service team or one of several $200 vouchers *



Your Youth Sector is the largest survey of the NSW youth sector in a decade.


In partnership with the Intergener8 Living Lab at Western Sydney University, we are calling out to directors, managers and youth workers to share your experience working in the youth sector. Your responses will help the youth sector across NSW articulate and advocate for its value and impact in the community and for young people across the State. 

Participating will take around 10-15 minutes for youth sector workers, and around 20-30 minutes for CEOs and Managers.

It has been almost 10 years since Youth Action collected this level of data from youth services, about demand, activities, and priorities, and from people who work with young people in NSW about their experiences, attitudes, and backgrounds. The study will provide crucial information to inform sector reform and policy making, as well as to identify ways to build on the strengths of the youth services sector.  

Who is the survey for?

The survey is for youth service managers, youth program leaders, youth workers and other professionals who identify as working within the youth sector.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete a number of questions about your work, professional development and experience as a youth sector professional. These questions do not pose any risk or discomfort to you, and we will not ask, and ask you not to provide, any identifying or sensitive information about your service.

How long will it take?

Depending on your responses, the survey will take you approximately 10-30 minutes to complete.

Are my responses confidential?

Yes, your responses are strictly confidential. No information about you will be used in any way that reveals your identity.

What if I want a paper version of the survey?

If you would like to request a paper version of the survey please email

Publication & sharing of results

It is important to us that you hear about the results and findings from this study, and we intend to publish and present in a variety of forums. In any publication or presentation, the information will be given in such a way that participants cannot be identified.

Data use

Please be assured that only the researchers involved in this study from Youth Action NSW & WSU Institute for Society and Culture will have access to the raw data you provide. Top-level findings, and aggregate, cohort data, may be used in follow-up surveys to understand trends and shifts in the youth sector.

Can I stop or withdraw from the survey?

Completing this survey is entirely voluntary and you are not obliged to be involved. If you do complete the survey, you can stop or exit at any time. Should you decide to withdraw your responses completely, you may email lead researchers, Kelly Royds (Youth Action NSW) at or Phillipa Collin (WSU) to anonymously delete your response.

If at any point you feel distressed undertaking the survey, please contact Freya Conomos at Youth Action for support: or on 02 8354 3700.

Want to know more?

Frequently Asked Questions about this study will be regularly updated on this page.

If you want to discuss the survey further before deciding whether to participate or not, please contact:

What if I have a complaint?

If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this research, you may contact the Ethics Committee through Research Engagement, Development and Innovation (REDI) on Tel +61 2 4736 0229 or email

Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully, and you will be informed of the outcome.

If you agree to participate in this study, you may be asked to sign the Participant Consent Form. The information sheet is for you to keep and the consent form is retained by the researcher/s.

This study has been approved by the Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee. The Approval number is H13405. 


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