Families in Australia Survey

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The Families in Australia Survey is our flagship survey series. The first survey in the series is Life during COVID-19.

The COVID-19 survey ran from 1 May to 9 June 2020, with 7,306 participants.

In July, initial findings from the survey were published in Life during COVID-19: Early findings. More reports are planned about the pandemic’s impacts on: family groups, young adults, elders, work, health etc.

A second wave of the Life during COVID-19 survey is planned for November 2020. This will follow up with participants from the first wave, to see what has changed since the May/June survey.

To register your interest in the survey or to find out more, email fia-survey@aifs.gov.au or visit the Families in Australia Survey project page.

Publications

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Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19 Report no. 1: Early findings

Kelly Hand, Jennifer Baxter, Megan Carroll and Mikayla Budinski
Report— July 2020

This report contains early findings from a major survey that ran May-June 2020, exploring how Australian families coped with the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19 Report no. 2: Staying connected when we're apart

Kelly Hand, Jennifer Baxter, Megan Carroll and Mikayla Budinski
Research Report— July 2020

This report focusses on how Australian families stayed connected when physically separated during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19 Report no. 3: Help and support

Mikayla Budinski, Jennifer Baxter, Megan Carroll and Kelly Hand
Research Report— August 2020

This report looks at how we helped, and were helped by relatives, friends, community groups and professionals during the pandemic.


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Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19 Report no. 4: Dads spend more quality time with kids

Jennifer Baxter, Megan Carroll, Mikayla Budinski and Kelly Hand
Research Report— September 2020

This report shows how due to the COVID-19 pandemic many dads were available to spend more time with their kids than usual.

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Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19 Report no. 5: What we did during lockdown

Jennifer Baxter, Mikayla Budinski, Megan Carroll, Kelly Hand
Research Report— September 2020

This report looks at how COVID-19 affected our recreational and 'spare time' activities and how we spent time with our family, alone and with others.

Upcoming webinar

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Connections and supports during Covid-19: New findings from the AIFS Families in Australia Survey.
Kelly Hand
Deputy Director, Research

This webinar will present new analysis from the Families in Australia survey by looking at how families stayed connected, supported each other, and occupied their time during this period of the pandemic. 
New dates announced soon.

 

Past webinars in this series

Families in Focus webinar series

Findings from the Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19

Kelly Hand
Deputy Director, Research

This webinar was held on Thursday 2 July. 

In this webinar, AIFS Deputy Director Kelly Hand presented key early findings from AIFS’ first Families in Australia Survey, Life during COVID-19. How have families' lives changed since the pandemic?
View the recording.

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