Growing Up in Australia - Study members


Study update participants information 2015

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What's happening?

For over 10 years we have visited you and your parents and asked a lot of questions about how you are going and what is happening in your life. We have also asked your teacher questions about life at school. Together, all this information is very powerful in helping us understand how the experiences of children as they grow up relate to what happens later in their lives.

Throughout the world there are studies just like Growing Up in Australia, some of which started in the 1950s. Through these studies researchers are learning how early life events relate to long-term health and wellbeing. These findings are extremely important in helping us understand how to assist people of all ages.

Like these studies, Growing Up in Australia hopes to continue to ask you questions as you grow up, become adults, leave home, start work or further study and perhaps even have your own families.

You have probably noticed that as you got older, we asked you to answer more and more questions yourselves. This is because the study is focussed on learning about children born in Australia in the early 2000's.

Once you are an adult, we would still like to visit you and ask you questions about your life. We would also like to continue to ask your parents a few questions about how they are going and their relationship with you. We will be separately interviewing your parents.

Here are some of the recent data collected from the Growing Up in Australia study.

At 10-11 years old

Activities outside of school

When we last interviewed you, the majority of you (92%) participated in some kind of activities outside of school in the last year. The most popular activities were sports (team or individual), followed closely by art, music, dance or drama lessons. Most of these activities were provided by organisations outside of school, including 81 percent of team sports and 90 percent of individual sports. However, classes such as art (54%) and other skills (60%) were more likely to be provided by your school.

92% of you participate in extra-curricular activities

At 14-15 years old

What's important about your future job?

When you were 14-15 years old, you shared your thoughts about the work you might do as an adult. The results are very similar for males and females. Here is what you told us…

When you are an adult, how important will it be that your job is a job that you find interesting?

  Very important Fairly important A little important Not important
Males 73% 24% 3% 0%
Females 81% 18% 1% 0%

The majority of you told us that having a job that you find interesting will be very important when you are an adult. More females than males said that having a job that you find interesting was very important.

When you are an adult, how important will it be that your job gives you plenty of time to spend with your family?

  Very important Fairly important A little important Not important
Males 47% 45% 7% 1%
Females 55% 39% 5% 1%

The majority of you told us that it will be 'very important' or 'fairly important' that your job gives you plenty of time to spend with your family. Having this family time was very important to just over half of females and just less than half of males.

When you are an adult, how important will it be that your job provides you with the opportunity to have a high income?

  Very important Fairly important A little important Not important
Males 41% 50% 8% 1%
Females 39% 50% 10% 1%

Less than half of you thought that it was very important for your future job to have a high income. However, half of males and females still thought a high income was fairly important.

Your future career

We also asked what career or occupation you would like to have in the future, and you said…

vet, lawyer, doctor, primary school teacher, physiotherapist, psychologist, architect, electrician, actor, nurse, carpenter, journalist, teacher, medicine, personal trainer, mechanical engineer, photographer, hairdresser, accountant, information technology, army, author, pilot, musician, police officer, scientist, paramedic, chef, paediatrician, mechanic, hospitality, interior designer, midwife, motor mechanic, beautician, dentist, forensic scientist, electrical engineer, plumber, civil engineer, criminologist, marine biologist, diesel mechanic, child care worker, physical education teacher

Can you see the career you would like to have? The most popular jobs were doctor, vet, and lawyer.

For all kids

Pocket money

We asked you whether you regularly receive pocket money and 35% of you said 'Yes' while 65% said 'No'.

We looked at the data for who received pocket money in both younger and older groups and the results were very similar.

How you spend your money

You also shared with us how you like to spend any money you receive, such as money from work, pocket money, birthday gifts, inheritance, or any other sources.

  Savings/investment Contribute to household Mobile/ internet usage Personal expenses Other
Older kids 44% 1% 11% 78% 5%
Younger kids 46% 1% 1% 68% 8%

The majority of you spent at least some of your money on personal expenses and nearly half of you put some savings away for a rainy day. Older kids were much more likely to spend some of their money on mobile or internet usage.

Bedtime over the years

Have you ever wondered when your peers usually go to bed on school days? You can now find out! It seems that the older you get, the later you go to bed.

  Before 8pm 8-9pm 9-10pm 10-11pm 11pm or later
8-9 years 26% 59% 12% 3% 0%
10-11years 14% 59% 22% 4% 1%
12-13 years 3% 37% 48% 11% 2%
14-15 years 1% 12% 47% 32% 8%