It has been revealed that the biggest concern for the children of the next generation is finding a job to support their families.
According to a survey of 15,000 people aged 15 to 19, the economy has overtaken the environment as the most pressing concern for the young.
The environment was the top national concern in the past two National Youth Surveys conducted by Mission Australia but its 11th annual report found it had slipped to sixth place this year, with only 17.5 percent of respondents saying it was the most important issue facing the country, compared with 37.4 percent who made the same comment last year.
Bronwen Dalton, the organisation's national manager of research, said that the environment had been usurped by more immediate worries.
"'The environment has been crowded out by this really dominant concern about the economy," the Age quoted her as saying.
Many young people said that they would have to find work to support their families or expressed anxiety about their parents losing their jobs.
According to Dr Dalton, those surveyed were keenly aware of the global economic downturn and how it was affecting them.
"'What stood out to us was these heart-wrenching comments about how they have got to get a job to support their families or mum and dad are out of work and they need to do more to keep the family afloat," she said.
"'It was very troubling to see that young people were so concerned with financial security," she added.