Transitions Study

Client: The Smith Family

The Transitions Study aims to help The Smith Family better support young people as they move into adulthood by understanding the different pathways young people might take during the senior years of school and beyond, and what might influence those pathways.

The information collected will help The Smith Family and others such as policy-makers, employers and educators, to provide better services and support for young people.

Participants will be contacted once a year over three years. The Social Research Centre conducted the first wave of the study in 2021. Anyone who was eligible for the first wave is eligible to take part again in the subsequent waves that will be conducted in 2022 and 2023.

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Eligible young people will be sent an email and/or SMS link to complete the survey online, and may be called to complete the survey over the phone. If we don’t have your direct contact details, we will send the invitation to your primary carer and ask them to forward it to you.

The survey will only take around 10 minutes to complete.

All participants who complete the survey will receive a $30 eGift card.

The survey is completely voluntary, however your participation is important as it will help The Smith Family learn more about the unique experiences young people might have. This will help them provide better support for young people like yourself. Your participation in the survey will not affect in any way the support you receive from The Smith Family now or in the future.

All information provided to The Smith Family will be identifiable but is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 and will be used for research purposes only. The Smith Family therefore holds data on the identity of survey participants. However, any publications using the survey data will keep participants’ identities confidential and The Smith Family will only report individual participants’ survey responses in combination with all other participants’ responses.

The survey includes questions about your involvement in study, training and work, including whether you’re looking for work or volunteering, and your family and living circumstances (including caring responsibilities).

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the Social Research Centre on 1800 023 040, or email

Further information on the study is available at