Citizenship Snapshots

Life satisfaction

In 2018, 76% of 18 year olds in South Australia reported being satisfied with their lives overall, a slightly lower proportion than the national average (78%). In 2016, when this cohort of young people was 16 years old, 79% had reported being satisfied with their lives overall and, in 2017 when they were 17 years old, 81% had reported being satisfied with their lives overall.

In 2018, 18 year old males (78%) were more likely to report being satisfied with their lives overall than females (75%), a reverse from 2016 when they were 16 years old (females 81%; males 77%).

In 2018, 95% of Aboriginal 18 year olds in South Australia reported being satisfied with their lives overall. (In 2016, at 16 years of age, 67% had reported being satisfied with their lives overall).

Average hours worked

In 2017 in South Australia, the average number of weekly hours worked by:

  • all employed 17 year olds was 12.6, a decrease from 2005 (17.8). In 2017, employed 17 year olds in South Australia worked fewer hours per week than the national average (14.0).
  • employed Aboriginal 17 year olds was 14.7 hours, a decrease from 2005 (21.8).

Tracking the same cohort of young people in South Australia from 2009 (15 years) to 2018 (24 years), the average hours worked per week by employed young people start from 11.4 at 15 years, increasing to 21.8 at 18 years, dropping slightly to 21.6 at 20 years and increasing to 34.6 at 24 years.

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  • Young people participating in volunteering
  • Enrolled to vote
  • VET for schools
  • Young people who commenced an apprenticeship/traineeship
  • Young people who have a drivers licence

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