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5 Ways Being Young In Australia Is Fucking Hard

"We're looking for someone aged 22 to 26 with 30 years experience."

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1. Mental health problems

"what state do you live in?" constant anxiety

Australia experienced a sharp deterioration in youth health and wellbeing between 2010 and 2015, according to the Australian Youth Development Index, which launched on Friday.

The report attributes the decline to an increase in drug use and mental illness.

Shocking stats coming out of today's forum: Indigenous youth across northern Australia highest suicide rate in the world.

While the national youth (aged 15 to 29) suicide average has remained pretty stable over the past 10 years, Queensland and Tasmania have seen dramatic increases in rates, with 44.6 and 39.5 per 100,000 people respectively.

But it's not all bad: The youth suicide rate in the Northern Territory has improved by a massive 21.4% since 2010.

2. Unemployment

Between 2014 and 2015, youth unemployment in Australia averaged 13.5%, more than twice the regular unemployment rate.

The number of youth not in employment, education, or training in the Northern Territory also doubled between 2006 and 2015 to 6%.

These are some of the youth unemployment rates around Australia after three years of the Liberals. #ausvotes

The index found the national average of illicit drug use among youth has almost doubled from 21% to 39% over the past five years.

It varied state to state: Western Australia experienced a decrease and the rate in NSW remained stable, but more than double the amount of youth in Tasmania and the Northern Territory were engaged in recent illicit drug use in 2015 compared to 2010.

4. School work

When you start seeing back to school ads

Apparently kids in South Australia haven't been turning up for their NAPLAN tests and the state saw the largest decline in its education score with a 7% decline since 2006.

The good news is the Northern Territory saw a huge (76%) improvement in education outcomes between 2006 and 2015 as did Western Australia (33%).

5. STDs

How good's Australia: All our koalas have chlamydia and we're going to spend taxpayer money on giving all of our carp herpes.

It isn't just koalas suffering through the chlamydia epidemic.

Every state recorded a spike in chlamydia infections for 15- to 29-year-olds but Tasmania and New South Wales were the chlamydia capitals, both experiencing a concerning 62% increase since 2006.

Gina Rushton is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Gina Rushton at gina.rushton@buzzfeed.com.

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