About this issue
- Of those whose spending had decreased during COVID-19 restrictions, a majority expect to increase their spending as restrictions ease on recreation activities (74%); eating out (74%), private transport (73%), personal care (70%), childcare (66%) and public transport (55%).
- More than half (55%) of Australians reported they intend to go on a domestic holiday once COVID-19 travel restrictions ease. Less than a third (29%) reported they intend to go on an international holiday.
- Australians reported they had returned, or would be returning soon, to sending their kids to school or child care (92%), shopping at physical retail stores (90%), using a hair or beauty service (77%), and attending their workplace in person (77%).
- Most working Australians expected to spend about the same amount of time at their workplace (53%*) as they did prior to the COVID-19 restrictions, although one in three expected to spend less time at their workplace (31%).
This publication presents results from the sixth Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, a longitudinal survey which collects information from approximately 1,000 people fortnightly via telephone. This cycle was conducted between 10 Jun and 15 Jun 2020.
The sixth cycle collected information on:
- changes in spending habits
- financial stress
- use of stimulus payments
- return to activities (including future intentions)
- travel intentions
- job status.
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 survey 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 information on different topics.
Results from the earlier Household Impacts of COVID-19 Surveys can be found using the following links:
At the time of the survey, initiatives in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support the economy included:
- international travel restrictions
- an economic stimulus package (12 March)
- border control measures for some states and territories
- shutting down of non-essential services and a second economic stimulus package (22 March)
- a Coronavirus Supplement announced on 22 March, to be paid fortnightly from 27 April to eligible income support recipients along with their usual payments
- a safety net package of $1.1 billion to expand mental health and Telehealth services, increase domestic violence services and provide more emergency food relief (29 March)
- social distancing rules and additional shutdown restrictions (20–30 March)
- free childcare for working parents (2 April)
- a JobKeeper Payment passed in legislation on 15 April and paid to employers to keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the COVID-19 restrictions
- easing of restrictions on elective surgery gradually from 28 April
- National Cabinet agreeing on a three-stage plan to ease restrictions (8 May)
- easing of restrictions in all states and territories from mid-May, with all in stage 2 and some in stage 3 at the time of the survey.
Proportions marked with an asterisk (*) have a Margin of Error (MoE) >10 percentage points which should be considered when using this information. For more information about MoE refer to the publication explanatory notes.