Welcome Participants!

Wave 9 is underway

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If you are a participant of Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) - you are an incredible human.

You were one of 10,000  families invited to join the Study, and you are a representation of what it is like to live, experience and grow up in Australia today.

Since 2004, thousands of young people, and their parents, carers and teachers, have been interviewed for the Growing Up in Australia Study. Thanks to their (your) efforts, we are improving support for Australian children and their families in countless ways. 

Each time you participate in Growing Up in Australia, your contribution becomes even more valuable – because it helps us to develop a better understanding of what factors help or hinder Australian children as they grow into young adults.

We look forward to catching up with you again this year.

About Wave 9: If you’re 16 or 17 years old

For your interview, we've added some games to assess your memory and reaction time.

We’ve also added new topics to capture your journey through adolescence, including:

  • school transitions
  • work
  • values and attitudes
  • income and finances
  • relationships
  • children and parenting 
  • driving and risky behaviours
  • future hopes.

16–17 year-olds and their parents will be asked to sign some consent forms when their interviewer visits. For more information on what we’ll be asking you to sign, have a look at our Privacy page.

About Wave 9: If you’re 21 or 22 years old

For this wave, only you will be interviewed in person, and you can make a time that suits you. Before your home interview, you will also have the opportunity to complete an online survey (see details below). Your parents will be interviewed by phone later.

Do your survey online

By completing the online survey prior to your home interview, you will make your home interview shorter and have the chance to receive one of 50 $100 gift vouchers. 

The online survey should take around 25–30 minutes to complete. 

To complete your survey:

  1. Log in or create a Survey Account [links to ABS website]
    If you completed the online survey for your last Growing Up in Australia interview, you can log in with the account you created last time.
    If you haven’t completed the online survey before, you will need to create an account, using your email address as your user ID.
  2. Enter your Form Access Code*
  3. Complete your survey.

* Your Form Access Code

About two weeks before your face-to-face interviewer makes contact with you, you will receive your Form Access Code in the mail. If you don’t receive a code, don’t worry – your Interviewer can give you your code over the phone when they call ahead of their visit.

Questions? issues? See Technical stuff.

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Technical stuff


About the online survey

What is in the online survey?

The online survey covers a range of topics about you. Topics include your health and well-being, and aspects of your social life.

Why should I do the online survey?

Doing the online survey will mean that your home interview will be shorter. You can complete the online survey when it is convenient for you, as long as it is completed before your home interview. If you complete it prior to your home interview you will automatically be entered into the draw for one of 50 $100 giftcards.

How long will the online survey take?

We estimate it will take about 25 to 30 minutes to complete. 

I don't want to do it all in one go. Can I save it and come back and finish it later?

Yes. You can save and exit your survey and finish it at a later time. 

Do I have to do the online survey?

The online survey is an important part of your Wave 9 interview. You don't have to complete the online survey prior to your home interview but if it's not completed prior, it will be part of the home interview. 

What happens if I only complete part of the online survey?

You will be asked to finish the online survey during the home interview. 

How do I know if I was randomly selected to receive a $100 gift card?

Recipients will be notified by the Growing Up in Australia team 

Is my survey confidential?

Your privacy is very important to us. Strict procedures are followed to ensure that only authorised people have access to the information provided to us. You can find more information on Privacy here. 

I’m 16–17 years old, or a parent of a 16­­–17 year old Study child. Why can’t I complete my survey online?

For this wave the online survey is only available for 21–22  year-olds. To ensure that our two groups (our 21–22  year-olds and 16–17 year-olds) of young people are comparable, our younger group and their parents need to complete all parts of their interview in the same way that our older group and their parents did when they were 16–17 years old.

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Online survey technical FAQs

Can I use my tablet/smartphone to do the online survey?

For the most user friendly experience, we recommend completion of the online survey using a PC or laptop. You are able to attempt to complete it on another device, however it has not been optimised for completion via a tablet/smartphone.

I'm having difficulty accessing the online survey or creating my survey account.

To create a survey account, you will need to provide an email address, a mobile phone number and create a password. You may also optionally provide your name. Next you will be asked to validate your email address by entering a security key that we send to you by email. If you haven’t received your security key email, please check your spam or junk mail. Although we have taken measures to ensure the ABS Survey Account request emails get through, occasionally they may be blocked. If there is no confirmation email after 10 minutes, you can start the 'Create' process again to ensure all details have been entered correctly.

If you are having problems accessing your survey form or submitting data, please try the following: 

  • Save and close your internet browser. Then, open a new browser window and try logging back in.
  • Opening your Survey Account and Survey form in a different web browser software.
  • Clearing your cache/browsing history by referring to your browsers instructions.
  • We may be experiencing a high volume of traffic which can sometimes cause issues. Please wait and log back in at a later time

If you continue experiencing problems please contact 1800 005 508 (free call excluding mobile phones) or email the Growing Up in Australia team. 

What should I do if I get an error message?

Contact the Growing Up in Australia team on 1800 005 508 (free call excluding mobile phones) or email us

What if I don't have an email address to use for my online survey account?

If you don’t have an email account you can complete the survey during your home interview. 

Why do I need to provide a mobile phone number?

The mobile phone number you provide during the account creation process allows you to reset your password if you forget it. 

What do I do if I don't have a mobile number?

If you don't have a mobile number, please call us on 1800 005 508 (free call excluding mobile phones) for assistance. 

What do I do if I can't finish the online survey because of a technical issue?

If you have technical issues then please contact the Growing Up in Australia team on 1800 005 508 (free call excluding mobile phones) or email us.

If the problem can’t be solved then you can still complete the online survey during the home interview.

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Thank you for your ongoing support and participation in Growing Up in Australia. Your information plays a vital role in informing policies and programs that are improving the lives of many Australians.

In Wave 9 the Study is evolving, as our young participants progress through adolescence and into adulthood. Your role in participating and encouraging your children to participate remains as important as ever. Our Study would not be possible without you.

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