4940.0 - Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, 29 Apr - 4 May 2020  
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Key findings

  • Nearly half (46%) of working Australians said they were working from home, with women more likely to do so than men (56% compared with 38%);
  • The majority of Australians were continuing to keep their distance from people outside the household (94%) and avoid public spaces (85%) to protect their health;
  • The most commonly experienced personal stressor due to COVID-19 was loneliness (22%), with women more likely to report feeling lonely than men (28% compared with 16%); and
  • One in six Australians (17%) used a Telehealth service in the previous four weeks, with persons with a mental health condition more likely to do so than those without a mental health condition (33%* compared with 15%).

About this issue

This publication presents results from the third Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, a longitudinal survey which collects information from approximately 1,000 people fortnightly via telephone. The enumeration period for the third cycle was the 29th of April to the 4th of May 2020. The third cycle of the survey collected information on:
  • current job situation;
  • working from home arrangements;
  • use of health services and barriers to accessing health services;
  • precautions taken due to COVID-19;
  • social distancing behaviours;
  • personal and household stressors;
  • ability to receive required support from other people or agencies; and
  • lifestyle changes.

The scope of the survey was persons aged 18 years and over in private dwellings across Australia (excluding very remote areas).

About this collection

This collection series is designed to provide a quick snapshot about how Australian households are faring in response to the changing social and economic environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each cycle has collected new information on different topics.

Results from the first Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, released on the 20th of April, are available on the ABS website here.

Results from the second Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, released on the 1st of May, are available on the ABS website here.

At the time of the survey, a range of initiatives had been announced to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support the economy. These included:
  • introduction of international travel restrictions;
  • the first announcement of an economic stimulus package (12 March);
  • introduction of border control measures for some states and territories;
  • shutting down of non-essential services and the announcement of a second economic stimulus package (22 March);
  • a safety net package of $1.1 billion to expand mental health and tele-health services, increase domestic violence services and provide more emergency food relief (29 March);
  • social distancing rules and additional shutdown restrictions (20 - 30 March);
  • JobKeeper payment announcement (30 March);
  • free childcare for working parents (2 April);
  • legislation passed for the $130 billion JobKeeper payment to keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the coronavirus (15 April); and
  • restrictions on elective surgery gradually eased from Tuesday 28 April.

Proportions marked with an asterisk (*) have a margin of error >10 percentage points which should be considered when using this information. For more information about margin of error refer to the publication explanatory notes.