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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.



Mikayla Budinski
Research Officer


May 2020 - September 2021

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