Essential Report

Concern about the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on adults

Aug 17, 2021

Q. Thinking about Covid-19 lockdowns across Australia, to what extent are you concerned about the effect of lockdowns on the following?

TOTAL: Concerned Aug’21 Jul’21
My financial situation 54%
My mental wellbeing 51% 50%
My physical health 50%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My risk of unemployment or reduced hours 48%
My personal relationships 43% 39%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My work-life balance 43% 49%
  • The effect of lockdowns is not getting any easier on people’s mental health, with 51% saying they are concerned with their mental wellbeing (50% in July 2021). 43% say they are concerned for their personal relationships (39% in July 2021), and 43% of people in employment are concerned about their work-life balance (49% in July 2021).
  TOTAL: Concerned TOTAL:

Not Concerned

Very concerned Moderately concerned Not that concerned Not concerned at all
My financial situation 54% 46% 21% 33% 28% 18%
My mental wellbeing 51% 49% 21% 30% 30% 19%
My physical health 50% 50% 16% 34% 32% 17%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My risk of unemployment or reduced hours 48% 52% 17% 30% 28% 24%
My personal relationships 43% 57% 14% 29% 34% 22%
[Asked only to those currently in paid work] My work-life balance 43% 57% 13% 30% 37% 20%
  • The biggest cause of concern for people is their financial situation (54%). Around half are concerned for their mental wellbeing (51%) and physical health (50%).
  • 48% of those in employment are concerned that the lockdowns will result in unemployment or reduced hours.

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