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Speaking Out Survey

Speaking Out Survey 2021

The Speaking Out Survey is a robust and representative survey of the wellbeing of children and young people in WA.

In the Commissioner's second Speaking Out Survey, more than 16,500 children and young people from all regions of WA shared their experiences and views on safety, mental health, engagement in education, connection to community and how they access sources of support.

The findings will be valuable for anyone working with children and young people, across both government and non-government organisations, helping to guide policy and programs that ensure the needs of children and young people are met.

The survey has also been extended with grant funding from Lotterywest to reach children outside of mainstream education, including students with special needs and those in remote communities. 

Aboriginal children and young people in remote WA: Insights from the 2021 Speaking Out Survey

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Girls' wellbeing: Insights from the 2021 Speaking Out Survey

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Speaking Out Survey 2021 - Summary report

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The views of home educated students on wellbeing

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Data Snapshot - Aboriginal students views on wellbeing

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Data Snapshot - Students views on mental health

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Data Snapshot - Students views on safety

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Key findings

View the survey's key findings below, organised in line with the Commissioner’s Wellbeing Monitoring Framework and its three interlinked domains of Healthy and connected, Safe and supported and Learning and participating.

These three domains are important because children and young people across WA have told the Commissioner that these things make a big difference to their lives and make them well and happy.


Students embrace opportunity to have their voice heard - ABC Radio, 24 November 2021

Vulnerable children are calling for help and want to be heard - Commissioner Pettit's opinion piece, The West Australian, 24 November 2021

Real life as a WA kid - Article in The West Australian, 24 November 2021

The scarily secret lives of our teens online - Editorial by The West Australian, 24 November 2021

Speaking Out Survey 2019

The summary report from the Commissioner's first Speaking Out Survey was tabled in Parliament on 19 February 2020. 

Speaking Out Survey 2019 - Summary report

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More information

If you would like more information on the Speaking Out Survey, please contact us on (08) 6213 2297 or email us

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