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More than 680 people responded to the Relationships Australia online survey in October 2017, with more just under eighty per cent of survey respondents (79%) identifying as female.

As was the case for last month’s survey, more females than males responded in every age group (see figure 1).  Eighty-five per cent of survey respondents were aged between 20‑59 years, with more than half (56%) of responses contributed by women aged between 20-49 years (inclusive).

The demographic profile of survey respondents remains consistent with our experience of the groups of people that would be accessing the Relationships Australia website.

There were significant differences between the reports of men and women on all survey questions.  Women (78%) were more likely than men (63%) to think the support of young people in state care should extend beyond the age of 18 years (see figure 2).

Survey respondents were asked if they thought the government should provide financial reimbursements to the foster or kinship carers if a young person wishes to stay in their foster care or kinship care placement after they turn 18 years of age.  Almost eighty per cent (78%) of women and of 70% of men agreed.

Three-quarters (76%) of women and two-thirds (63%) of men reported that the government should pay young people exiting state care between 18 to 21 years an allowance to help them live independently (figure 4).

In comparison, almost all survey respondents (women – 96%, men - 92%) thought that the government should support young people leaving state care between 18 to 21 years to access education, housing or employment activities (figure 5).

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