Families in Australia Survey

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The Families in Australia Survey is our flagship survey series. Its scope is every person in every type of family, with the survey open to Australians aged 18 years and over.

The current survey in the series, Towards COVID Normal, will run until mid-December.

The previous Families in Australia survey was Life during COVID-19. The survey ran from 1 May to 9 June 2020, with 7,306 participants. Six reports from the survey were published, from June to November 2020 (see Publications, ­below).

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Contact us for more information about the survey at fia-survey@aifs.gov.au

Publications – Life during COVID-19

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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.


Father and daughter using a tablet

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 and 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.


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Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19 Report no. 6: Financial wellbeing and COVID-19

Diana Warren, Jennifer Baxter and Kelly Hand
Research Report — November 2020

This report explores people's responses to the financial impact of COVID-19 and their concerns about their current and future financial situations.

Webinars – Life during COVID-19

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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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