About the Survey


The Secondary Students and Adolescent Sexual Health survey is a national study exploring the sexual health and well-being of Australian adolescents. The anonymous survey asks questions about knowledge, perceptions and practices related to sexual health and well-being. This is the 6th time the survey has been conducted in Australia and plays a vital role in safeguarding the nation’s health.

Project Team Lead

Associate Professor Christopher M. Fisher, PhD

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University


It is recommended you download a copy of this participant information statement for your own records by clicking here: Participant Information Statement.

Who can take part?

You are invited to complete the survey if you are between the ages of 14 to 18 years old and live in Australia. Those under the age of 14 years or older than 18 years or who do not live in Australia are not eligible to take the survey.

How long does it take?

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

If you need to step away or you lose your connection, you can pick up where you left off if you come back to the survey on the same device and browser within 12 hours.

Why complete the survey?

Completing the survey will give you an opportunity to provide important information that helps researchers, sex educators, sexual health doctors and others who seek to improve the sexual health and well-being of adolescents in Australia.

What does the survey cover?

This survey is anonymous meaning no information that could be used to identify you will be asked. If you agree to participate and are eligible, you will be asked a series of questions related to your knowledge, perceptions and practices related to sexual health and well-being. Questions will specifically cover knowledge about HIV and STIs, perceptions of condoms and trusted sources of sexual health information, and practices related to sexual health.

For each question, you will be presented with possible responses. Some questions are answered by ticking one response. Sometimes you will be asked to tick more than one answer. A few questions will provide you a space to type in an answer. You can choose to not answer any question by selecting the "Prefer Not To Answer" option. 

At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to register to win 1 of 20 $100 Visa Gift Cards.

How will my survey information be used?

Anonymous (no one will be able to match your answers to you, including the researchers) results are reported to inform national strategies to prevent transmissible diseases, such as STIs, and provide information to improve sexual health education and services across the nation. Anonymous results may also be reported in other ways, such as journal articles and presentations, but only in aggregate form. All data from the survey will be kept by La Trobe University for a minimum of 5 years, after which it may be destroyed in a secure way. Participation is voluntary and all results are anonymous (no information that could identify you is collected).

How do I agree to take part in the survey?

If you are 18 years of age, you may consent to take the survey by ticking the "I agree" box at the end of this page to indicate you have read and understand the information provided here.

If you are between the ages of 14 and 17 years of age, you may wish to discuss your participation with your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before starting the survey. An information page for you and your parent/guardian to discuss can be found here. If you agree to take the survey, you can do so by ticking the "I agree" box at the end of this page to indicate you have read and understand the information provided here.

You can withdraw from active participation at any time by closing the browser on your computer and not completing the survey. Once you click to continue to the next page of the survey, those anonymous answers will be saved regardless of whether the entire survey is completed. Once you have finished the survey, you cannot withdraw from the study because we have no way of identifying the individual responses that belong to you.

Will I have access to the information I give about myself?

No. We do not have access to the identity of any of our participants. As such, we will be unable to provide any individual with their information. However, publications that describe the overall findings of the survey will be available once they have been completed.

Is it confidential?

Yes, confidentiality will be maintained at all times. Only staff working on the project will have password access to the data. Also, no identifying information will be collected within the main survey and the survey has been set up at a secure website address provided by our survey provider. Should you choose to register to win 1 of 20 $100 Visa Gift Cards, you will be directed to a separate website not connected to the main survey or your responses. There you can register your details (e-mail) for entry into the draw. With your permission, we will keep your e-mail address which will not be connected to your survey responses. E-mails may be used to inform you about other similar research projects in which you may wish to participate.

How can I obtain information about the survey results once they are completed?

The availability of any publications that result from this research will be advertised on the ARCSHS website in the future at www.latrobe.edu.au/arcshs. You may also request any available reports.

What else do I need to know?

If you are uncomfortable answering any question in the survey, you can select the "Prefer Not To Answer" option. Choosing this option in the survey will not make your other answers less useful.

To complete the online survey, for each question select the appropriate response that is most appropriate for you. We ask that you answer each question honestly and to the best of your knowledge. Privacy of your answers is protected as the survey is hosted on a secure system and only the researchers will have access to your anonymous responses. To withdraw from the study, you can simply close your web browser.

The minimum period for which anonymous data will be maintained is 5 years. The most up-to-date disposal software will be used to delete all data collected when further retention is no longer required.

You can print a copy of this participant information statement by downloading the document, opening it and selecting 'print' from you file menu. Alternatively, you can print this web page.

The survey is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Health and Ageing. 

What can I do if the survey raises any concerns?

If you experience any distress while taking the survey, please contact Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or at kidshelpline.com.au or Lifeline on 13 11 14 or at lifeline.org.au.

If you have questions about this survey, you can contact the project lead, Dr. Christopher Fisher at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University at teenhealth@latrobe.edu.au or on 3 9479 8717.

If you have any complaints or queries that the project lead was not able to answer to your satisfaction, you may contact the Senior Human Ethics Officer, Ethics and Integrity, Research Office, La Trobe University, Victoria, 3086 (P: 03 9479 1443, E: humanethics@latrobe.edu.au). Please quote the application reference number (18030).




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