This publication presents results from the fourth 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 fourth cycle was the 12th to the 15th of May 2020.
- Three in four Australians (76%) with children in their household had kept them home from school or childcare due to COVID-19;
- One in five adults (22%) with children in their household changed their working hours to care for children kept at home, while 38%* worked from home;
- Women were almost three times as likely as men to look after children full-time on their own (46%* compared with 17%*);
- One in eight Australian adults (13%) provided unpaid care to a vulnerable person living outside their household because of COVID-19; and
- Shopping (80%) and provision of meals (49%*) were the most common activities for which assistance was provided to vulnerable people living outside the household.
The scope of the survey was persons aged 18 years and over in private dwellings across Australia (excluding very remote areas).
The fourth cycle of the survey collected information on:
- current job status;
- whether eligible for JobKeeper payment;
- whether eligible for early access to superannuation;
- whether received payment relief due to COVID-19;
- temporary living arrangements during COVID-19;
- caring for children and childcare and schooling arrangements during COVID-19; and
- care and assistance provided to vulnerable people inside and outside the household.
SOURCE: Australian Bureau of Statsistics. “Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey.” ABS no. 4940.0 , 12-15 May 2020 (Additional Information)
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