Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY)

The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) project is a survey program which undertakes annual interviews of cohorts of young Australians with the aim of studying the transition from school to further education or work. The LSAY project contract has been managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research since 2007.

There are currently data for students from six cohorts in the LSAY project: students commencing in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2015. You can request access to the LSAY data by completing the following forms and returning them to ADA via email (ada@anu.edu.au):

About LSAY

The first cohort of participants in the LSAY program were the 1995 cohort – students who were in year 9 in 1995 and who were re-interviewed annually (1996 to 2006), followed by a second cohort of young people who commenced interviewing in 1998. Since then, three new age-based cohorts have been added: the Y03 cohort (15 years old in 2003, ADA study 01111), the Y06 cohort (15 years old in 2006, ADA study 01137), the Y09 cohort (15 years old in 2009, ADA study 30023) and the Y15 cohort (15 years old in 2015, ADA study 01392). The initial survey waves for these age-based cohorts were integrated with the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which was conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Quick and simple statistics from each of the cohorts is available from the LSAY Quickstats page.

The LSAY program brings together two existing, long-established projects, ACER’s Youth in Transition (ADA studies 01011, 01012, 01013 and 01014) and DEETYA’s Australian Youth Survey (ADA studies 00561, 00609, 00642, 00780, 0081 and 00981).

Further information about the LSAY program, along with a range of resources and tools for researchers and data users, are available from the LSAY website.


LSAY cohort datasets

CohortADA IDDOIStudy documentationCohort user guide
19950101010.4225/87/YKOFALDataverse CatalogueLSAY 1995 cohort user guide
19980103910.4225/87/O4AIPZDataverse CatalogueLSAY 1998 cohort user guide
20030111110.4225/87/5IOBPGDataverse CatalogueLSAY 2003 cohort user guide
20060113710.4225/87/WFEYRUDataverse CatalogueLSAY 2006 cohort user guide
20093002310.4225/87/6BW27VDataverse CatalogueLSAY 2009 cohort user guide
20150139210.4225/87/PJO7GBDataverse CatalogueLSAY 2015 cohort user guide