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Regional differences

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Across many of the wellbeing areas, students in regional and remote areas reported very similar views and opinions about their wellbeing as students in the metropolitan area and students overall.

Here are some of the key differences found between the different groups of students in the Speaking Out Survey, across the three wellbeing domains.

Regional differences

Healthy and connected
  • Students in regional and remote areas report less positively on some health measures including emotional wellbeing and resilience.
  • Students in remote and regional areas are more likely to hang out with friends and be active outdoors every day and know where to go for support.
Safe and supported
  • 2-in-5 students in remote areas had moved house in the last 12 months.
  • A lower proportion of students in remote areas reported having their own bedroom, having access to the internet at home or owning a tablet or laptop.
  • Remote area students were more likely to report having stayed away from home overnight because of a problem but also more likely to say their family gets along very well.
Learning and participating
  • Students in regional and remote areas were more likely to have changed schools than students in the metropolitan area.
  • Students attending remote schools were less likely than students in the metropolitan area to say they usually get along with classmates or teachers.
  • Remote and regional students were more likely than metropolitan students to have worked for pay in the last year.

Speaking Out Survey 2021 - Summary report

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