Resilience Program

What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to flexibly cope with the demands of life and bounce back after times of adversity. Building resilience is about developing individual character strengths and relationships with others, as resources to draw upon when required.

The more of these resilience strengths a young person has, the more they will develop and fulfill their potential in school and life. They are also less likely to engage in risk taking behaviours.

About the Resilience Survey

City of Greater Dandenong’s Resilience Project utilises a survey (administered by Resilient Youth Australia) to measure the resilience of children and young people from Grade 3 to Year 12.

The Resilience Survey is based on three scientifically validated, reliable and internationally accepted measures:

  • Developmental Assets Profile (DAP)
  • General Health Questionnaire (GHQ12)
  • Children’s Hope Scale

The survey reports on more than 80 indicators of resilience, across ten wellbeing domains including empowerment, belonging, hope, healthy mind and healthy body, educational engagement and positive identity.

These indicators are the qualities, opportunities and conditions that characterise high levels of resilience. They act as assets or protective factors in a young person’s life.

Survey results

The survey is being administered on a biennial cycle 2015, 2017 and 2019 to build a profile of the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Greater Dandenong over time. The biennial cycles (across 6 years) allows for the comparison of results and monitoring emerging trends over time.

The second round of the resilience survey was conducted in 2017, and captured over 5800 responses across Grade 3 to Year 12.

A summary of the results for each age group is provided below.

Snap shot of Resilience in the City of Greater Dandenong, Years 3 & 4

Snap shot of Resilience in the City of Greater Dandenong, Years 5 & 6

Snap shot of Resilience in the City of Greater Dandenong, Years 7 & 8

Snap shot of Resilience in the City of Greater Dandenong, Years 9 & 10

Snap shot of Resilience in the City of Greater Dandenong, Years 11 & 12

A summary of the changes observed across the 2015 and 2017 survey rounds can be found below.

Snap shot of Resilience in the City of Greater Dandenong, 2015 to 2017

A third survey will be conducted during mid-2019.


Further information

For further information about the Greater Dandenong Resilience Project contact Kylie Wilmot, Youth Development and Community Engagement Officer on 9793 2155 or kylie.wilmot@cgd.vic.gov.au

For further information about the resilience survey visit: resilientyouth.org.au