7th National survey of secondary students and sexual health 2022

Four young people with colourful clothes and hair, sitting on a bench outside a school, looking at devices and books and smiling


Jennifer Power, Sylvia Kauer, Christopher Fisher, Roz Bellamy, Adam Bourne

The Australian National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health (SSASH) survey is a national study exploring the sexual health and well-being of school-age young people in Australia. The study explores young people’s experiences of sex, relationships, sexual health and school-based relationships and sexuality education (RSE).

SSASH helps to inform progress against the National STI Strategy with respect to prevention of STIs, and the effectiveness of STI education, among young people. Findings have also been used to inform state/territory sexual health and STI prevention strategies, service provision, sexual health promotion and education.

The study has been the basis for the development of classroom resources to support RSE including the national Talking Sexual Health materials, the Western Australian Growing Developing Healthy Relationships materials, the Victorian Catching On Early / Catching On Later materials and the 1998 Keep It Simple Safe Sex (KISSS) guide for young people, the most widely distributed Commonwealth health resource in its time.

The study was established in 1992 and there have been a total of seven iterations of the survey since then, most recently in 2021.

Click here to download the 7th National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health (link active from December 22, 2022.)


SSASH is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.Logo of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, with the crest of Australia and a stripe made of up of blocks of different shades of blue and teal

Related publications

Explore more ARCSHS publications on young people and sexual health, including previous iterations of the SSASH study.