Youth PLUS Survey

Youth PLUS is designed for young people (in high school and older) who connect with a church, whether through youth group, youth activity, church attendance, their parents, or some other way.

The aim of Youth PLUS is to give young people an opportunity to express the kinds of things they are concerned about in their lives, their beliefs and spirituality, as well as evaluate church youth activities. The results of the survey will help local churches better connect with young people in their community.

As part of the 2011 National Church Life Survey, Youth PLUS is an anonymous and optional survey. Information about the survey including parental authorisation details and sample survey questions are provided on the website.

Youth PLUS is online and it takes around 20 minutes to complete.

The Youth PLUS survey is additional to the standard church Attender Survey. It is not a substitute. Young people who attend church services are invited to complete both an Attender Survey and a Youth PLUS survey.

Your online survey will remain active for 60 days from the beginning of your survey month.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the survey?

Every five years, people attending churches across Australia take part in the National Church Life Survey. The aims of the survey are to carry out research to assist churches in their ministry and mission and to provide statistics about churches in a changing and diverse Australia.

This year, a Youth PLUS survey will be offered to young people who are connected in some way with a church’s activities, to give them an opportunity to express the kinds of things they are concerned about in their lives, their beliefs and spirituality, and to evaluate church youth activities.

Who completes the survey?

Youth PLUS is designed for young people (in high school and older) who connect with a church, whether through youth group, youth activity, church school, their parents, or some other way.

Is it confidential?

This survey, is completely anonymous, and optional.

Do parents/ guardians give authorisation?

Parents are invited to view information about the survey at www.2011nclsorg.au/nclsplus/youth . A copy of survey questions is available. There is no obligation on a child or teenager to complete this survey. Parents can choose whether they would like their child to participate.

What are the results use for?

The results of the survey are provided to the local church that young people are connected with, to help that church better connect with young people in their community.

Who is running the survey?

The National Church Life Survey is run by NCLS Research, across over 20 Christian denominations in Australia. NCLS Research is jointly sponsored by ANGLICARE Diocese of Sydney, the Uniting Church Board of Mission (Synod of NSW & the ACT), the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Australian Catholic University.

The protocol of the 2011 National Church Life Survey has been reviewed and approved by the Australian Catholic University (Human Research Ethics Committee).