Updated 11 June 2020
Taking the Pulse of the Nation survey results: 1-6 June
Financial stress declines with employees in many sectors reporting an improvement in being able to pay for essential goods and services.
Fewer Australians are reporting financial stress as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are easing, according to the latest survey by the Melbourne Institute Applied Economic & Social Research at the University of Melbourne.
Of those respondents who reported being financially or mentally stressed, most said they have not sought medical advice.
The Taking the Pulse of the Nation weekly survey tracks changes in the economic and social wellbeing of Australians living through the effects of the pandemic. The ninth round of the survey was conducted from 1-6 June.
The proportion of Australians who reported being financially stressed fell from 26 per cent during most of May to 18 per cent last week. Employees in many sectors reported being more able to pay for essential goods and services.
Decreases in levels of reported financial stress of around 20 per cent were noted for workers in retail trade (from 35 per cent to 15 per cent) and in accommodation, food and recreation services (from 38 per cent to 19 per cent), reflecting the easing of restrictions.
People employed in information, media and telecommunications reported an increase in financial stress, from 31 per cent at the end of May to 39 per cent last week.
A new question in the survey last week asked whether respondents had seen a health professional in the past 30 days. The majority indicated they either did not need to see a professional or saw one when needed. Fourteen per cent of respondents said they needed to see a professional but chose not to seek a consultation.
Of the respondents reporting stress, 42 per cent with mental distress and 32 per cent with financial stress chose to forgo seeing a health professional.
The Taking the Pulse of the Nation weekly survey tracks changes in the economic and social wellbeing of Australians living through the effects of the pandemic. The ninth round of the survey was conducted from 1-6 June
Taking the pulse of the nation survey results
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Many Australians are experiencing mental distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the proportion of reported distressvarying across industries.
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Australians optimistic about government actions and reducing the long lasting effects of COVID-19.
- Taking the pulse of the nation: 6-11 April 2020 [4 p.]
Australians satisfied with the government’s handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Tracker page: Interact with the results of the Taking the Pulse of the Nation survey and explore the differences based on gender and age on our tracker page
Research Insights on how Australians are adapting to various changes in Federal and State government policies as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.
- Who is avoiding necessary health care during the COVID-19 pandemic? / Yuting Zhang; Judith Liu & Anthony Scott
- Did JobSeeker and JobKeeper achieve its aims? / Nicolas Hérault; Jan Kabátek; Guyonne Kalb; Jordy Meekes & Mael Guillou
- How can technology help prevent a second wave of COVID-19? / Yuting Zhang
- Who’s hit hardest by the economic effects of COVID-19? / Roger Wilkins
- Will isolation and social distancing make us less generous? / A. Abigail Payne
- Is the collective action of social distancing the new normal? / Marco Castillo & Ragan Petrie
- How to protect mental health through the COVID-19 crisis? / Peter Butterworth
- How to reduce household financial stress during COVID-19?/ Sam Tsiaplias
- Is COVID-19 opening the fault lines in our healthcare system? / Anthony Scott & Jeffrey Braithwaite
To see other Melbourne Institute reports related to the impact of COVID-19 on economic conditions please go here.
Melbourne Institute’s survey of the impact of COVID-19 in Australia.
- About 60% of Australians interviewed express satisfaction with government policies to support jobs and keep people at work, with results for NSW and WA above the average.
- About 60% of Australians report being moderately to very satisfied with government economic policies to support jobs and keep people at work. Nevertheless more than 80% expect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic to last for more than 6 months.
- Comparing survey results across the mainland States, a greater proportion of respondents in South Australia expect the effect of the coronavirus to impact on economic activity for more than 12 months.
- Under 30% of Australians report being financially stressed (in terms of paying for essential goods and services), while around 40% report being financially comfortable.
- With respect to whether they felt depressed and anxious, last week, around 20% of Australians responded with “most” to “all” the time, but greater than 50% responded with “a little” to “none” of the time.
- When asked about their perceptions of social behaviour, almost 80% of survey respondents think that “most people” to “everyone” in their neighbourhood, practice social distancing. Around 55% indicate pro-social behaviour in that they are on the likely side of donating blood, if they learned that there is a shortage of blood needed by hospitals for transfusions.
SOURCE: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research. “Taking the Pulse of the Nation: Melbourne Institute’s survey of the impact of COVID-19 in Australia.” University of Melbourne. MIAESR [Website viewed 11 June 2020].
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