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This is the tenth publication of the Per Capita Tax Survey, which has been conducted annually since 2010, with the exception of 2013. The results provide a snapshot of the Australian public’s attitudes towards taxation and public expenditure, and a long-term view of trends in public opinion on our tax and transfer system.
As in previous years, we put the survey out to a representative sample of Australians in February 2020, intending to publish the results ahead of the scheduled federal budget in May. And then everything changed. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March caused chaos across the world, upending social and economic norms and throwing the plans of families and workplaces into disarray. Governments scrambled to shore up businesses and households as economic activity was shut down almost overnight, and the federal budget was put on hold until October.
This year’s fieldwork was undertaken between 5 and 11 February 2020, and again between 31 July and 10 August, through Dynata. Each time, it was conducted as an online survey of 1550 Australians with nationally representative samples by gender, age, and state or territory of residence.