Australia’s young people today are more mobile and culturally diverse than ever before. While this brings many advantages, multicultural young people face challenges that are not well understood by the community or government – such as discrimination, intergenerational conflict and economic insecurity.
Quantitative and qualitative data from the MY Australia project will be used to develop an annual report on the status of multicultural youth in Australia.
This vital research will be used to help policymakers and organisations who work with young, diverse people to develop better policies and programs, enrich the lives of multicultural youth and contribute to the social cohesion of Australian society.
The MY Australia project seeks to improve the social cohesion of Australian society, and the living standards and futures of multicultural young people.
It aims to:
The MY Australia census provides a benchmark across three interconnected cultural, economic and social indicators.
These indicators have been identified after an extensive review of studies on migration and settlement, cultural participation, youth transitions and social and economic inclusion.
Each indicator includes a number of domains, outlined below.
Cultural indicators include:
Belonging; Cultural participation; Racism; Discrimination; Mobility; Formal citizenship; Informal citizenship; Digital participation
Economic indicators include:
Housing; Education; Economic background; Employment and job security; Working conditions; Finances
Social indicators include:
Mental health; Physical health; Family; Friends; Concerns; Social Networks; Living situation; Mobility; Local area; Values and goals; Religion
The Knowledge Hub is a curated repository of data on multicultural young people. It brings together up-to-date research and reporting undertaken by universities, governments, NGOs and community organisations. By bringing together both national and global reporting, the knowledge hub will provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for organisations looking for data about multicultural youth.
The Knowledge Hub is also where you can find more detailed information about the cultural, economic and social indicators, and how the census survey was developed.