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Families in Australia Survey: Life during COVID-19

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Life during COVID-19 will explore how Australians are coping with the Coronavirus pandemic

Life during COVID-19 is AIFS’ first Families in Australia Survey. The survey ran from 1 May to 9 June 2020, with 7,306 participants.

The survey’s aim was to paint a picture of how everyday Australians coped with and adjusted to the Coronavirus pandemic, one of the greatest health, social and economic challenges in world history.

We asked Australian families to tell us how their lives had changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. What challenges they faced? What support would help? How they adapted to the new ways of living.

Six reports from the survey were published, from June to September 2020 (see Publications, below).

The insights drawn from the Families in Australia Survey were shared with the general public and with non-government and government agencies, to help them develop the supports that families need.

More information

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

Privacy and ethics

AIFS adheres to strict privacy and ethics practices. This research has been approved by the AIFS Human Research Ethics Committee.

All information collected from you in the Family Survey will be kept confidentially and will be stored securely in accordance with the AIFS Privacy Policy. Your responses to the survey will be de-identified and will be accessible only to the members of the AIFS research team on a need-to-know basis. The survey responses will be stored on secured servers onsite at AIFS in Melbourne, Australia.

AIFS respects and upholds your rights under the Australian Privacy Principles (APP) contained in the Privacy Act 1988(Cth) (Privacy Act). Please see our Privacy Policy regarding our obligation to protect your privacy rights.

You can contact our privacy team if you have any questions regarding how we manage, use and store personal information.

Email: aifs-privacy@aifs.gov.au
Telephone: (03) 9214 7888 

If you would like more information about the survey you can read the Participant Information Sheet.

Publications

Young mother working on her computer with her daughters playing on their mobile devices

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.


Senior man reading on this tablet at home

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.


Mature man wearing protection mask, unloading grocery from car trunk

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.


Cropped close up stock photo of a woman kneading dough

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.


Businessman withdrawing cash from a bank's ATM

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.

Researchers

Mikayla Budinski
Research Officer

Duration

May - June 2020

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