Victorian student health and wellbeing survey

The student health and wellbeing survey (known as the About You Survey) is conducted every two years in Victorian schools with students in Years 5, 8 and 11.

About You collects important information about the health development, learning, safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Victorian schools. The 2014 survey included a sample of schools where student height and weight was measured.

The survey covers topics relating to nutrition, health, physical activity, safety, life satisfaction, and family relationships.

2018 survey information for schools

Colmar Brunton Research has been contracted to conduct the 2018 survey. The survey is conducted online in schools under the supervision of trained field workers.

The survey will run during term 3 2018.

Colmar Brunton will approach schools with information about participating in the survey. Schools will be invited to participate to ensure a spread of responses from students in all areas of Victoria.

Participation by students is voluntary. However, in order for us to collect accurate information it is important that as many schools and students as possible participate in this study.

In 2018, all government schools with relevant year levels are expected to collect the About You survey with students in years 7, 8, 10 and 11 to form an accurate picture of the health and wellbeing of their students. Some data collected in government schools will be used in the statewide sample.

Information for parents and students

Survey information and consent forms will be provided to parents and students by each participating school. 

Students do not have to participate in the survey and do not have to answer any question if they feel uncomfortable doing so. 

Parents and students can withdraw consent at any time. 

How the student information is used

The information in this study will be used by the Department and other government planners to improve the delivery and quality of services and initiatives for Victorian children. The responses are analysed and reported at a statewide and area level.

Some findings from the survey will be published online, including in the annual State of Victoria’s Children reports (an outcomes-focused analysis on how Victorian Children and Young People are faring).

Summary of results to schools

Schools are provided with a summary of results for their school where responses to questions are sufficiently high to ensure student anonymity. The responses will inform the monitoring of health and wellbeing outcomes for children, and improvements to delivery and quality of services.

2016 results

To view a report on the 2016 About You Survey results across a range of topics, see: VSHAWS summary findings  (docx - 4.62mb)

For a snapshot on key topics from the 2016 About You Survey see:

2014 results

To view a statewide summary of the About You survey results, see: About You summary findings (docx - 6.83mb)

To view at a local level where possible, see: VCAMS

For snapshots on key topics from the survey see:

Further information

For more information about the survey collection, email aboutyou.survey@edumail.vic.gov.au.