The Time Use Survey (TUS), conducted from November 2020 through to July 2021, measured the daily activities of people aged 15 years and over in Australia to provide insights into how people spent their time.
Participants completed a diary of their activities over two days. Participants were asked to report their main activity, referred to as primary activity and, one other activity done at the same time, referred to as secondary activity. The activity information was then coded to the Activity Classification.
The results represent, on average, how people spent their time in a day. The data discussed below reflects the primary activity.
The 2020-21 TUS was collected during the COVID-19 pandemic and has undergone multiple changes. Data should be used for point-in-time analysis only and should not be compared to previous years. See Methodology for more information.
For more information about the survey design including weighting, relative standard error and margin of error refer to the Methodology.
The Time Use Survey (TUS) 2020-2021 was collected between November 2020 and July 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, initiatives were in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 including border control measures for some states and territories, stay at home orders, remote learning, shutting down non-essential services, limits on gatherings and social distancing rules.