About the project

MY Australia is the first longitudinal, nation-wide study of Australia’s multicultural youth.

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:


  1. Develop the first national status reporting framework for multicultural young people, generating new cultural, economic and social indicators.

    The status of young people is captured by reports providing overviews of how they are faring. In Australia there are status reports available on young people but there is no systematic data on the status of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The census data will form a benchmark that will be used to measure the progress of multicultural young people into the future.

  2. Build a knowledge hub to store and curate data on multicultural youth.

    There is an urgent need for a central repository of research and reporting relating to multicultural young people. Currently, much of the research undertaken in this sector is small-scale, ad hoc, and difficult to access. 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 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.