Young people are still feeling the pinch of the pandemic

The reverberations of the COVID-19 pandemic persist, casting a shadow over the lives of young people in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria.

A recent report from Monash University’s Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice sheds light on the enduring impact of the pandemic on various facets of young Australians’ lives. From housing and finances to mental health and relationships, the report delves into the challenges faced by young people, offering insights into their evolving circumstances in the wake of the global crisis.

Lead author Dr. Zihong Deng said, “Young people have been directly and indirectly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In terms of direct impact, young people faced disruptions in their education and employment due to lockdowns and other control measures. But the effects, post-lockdown, continue.”

Key Findings: The report reveals a concerning trend across several domains:

  • Housing: A growing demand for affordable housing options.
  • Finances: Widespread financial difficulties and concerns about future economic prospects.
  • Mental Health: Increasing numbers seeking support amidst perceptions of inadequate government assistance.
  • Relationships: Diminished optimism about future relationships and social support networks.
  • Employment: Calls for immediate action to address limited employment opportunities.
  • Education: Mixed sentiments regarding feelings of belonging in educational settings.

As the world navigates the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic, it is evident that young people in NSW and Victoria continue to bear the brunt of its repercussions. The report underscores the urgent need for targeted interventions and comprehensive support systems to mitigate the long-term effects of the crisis on this demographic.

The report, titled The Pandemic Years and Their Impact on Young People in New South Wales and Victoria, conducted a nationally representative survey of over 1500 young Australians aged 18-24 and interviews with a further 90 young people from 2021 to 2023.