Economic insecurity

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Economic precarity
Economic precariousness
Financial insecurity
Report

Losing traction: lessons in financial wellbeing from the COVID crisis

As Australia reopens, it is easy to feel that the worst of the COVID-19 crisis is over. However, this analysis suggests recovery for many will be slow, with ongoing struggles making ends meet.
Report

Bouncing back: boosting young people’s financial wellbeing after the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging - with young people particularly affected. For policy-makers to get to grips with what appears to be a cost of living crisis for young people, this report recommends that the UK government makes tackling this issue an urgent priority.
Policy report

COVID-19 and Australia's mental health: an overview of academic literature, policy documents, lived experience accounts and community reports

This report ties together multiple streams of knowledge to present an overview of the mental health impacts of COVID-19 and resultant policy measures.
Policy report

COVID-19 and Australia's mental health: preventing pandemic distress through economic supports

This policy paper outlines how economic insecurity, unemployment, or concern about becoming unemployed, are key drivers of mental distress for all Australians.
Briefing paper

Reducing stigma to improve take-up of rental assistance

Policy makers are investing heavily in rental assistance programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper discusses a randomised experiment to evaluate the effect of reducing the psychological costs associated with accessing emergency rental assistance on benefit take-up, and on subsequent eviction rates.
Report

Digital barriers to economic justice in the wake of COVID-19

This report identifies three major digital barriers to economic justice arising from the COVID-19 pandemic—the collapse of benefits automation, expanded workplace and school surveillance, and the digital profiling of economic distress. The report uses a data justice framework to suggest how policy-makers might mitigate the...
Report

Families in Australia Survey: life during COVID-19 - report no.6

This report explores people's responses to the financial impact of COVID-19 and their concerns about their current and future financial situations.
Report

Foodbank hunger report 2020

This report is unlike any previous Foodbank Hunger Report, as it presents a picture of food insecurity in the midst of a once-in-100-year crisis. This report looks at how COVID-19, and the responses of governments, businesses and individuals to the pandemic, are affecting the ability...
Policy report

Culture shock: COVID-19 and the cultural and creative sectors

Cultural and creative sectors are important in their own right in terms of their economic footprint and employment. They also spur innovation across the economy, as well as contribute to numerous other channels for positive social impact. However they are among the hardest hit by...
Discussion paper

How risky is Australian household debt?

It is often observed that the level of household debt (relative to income) is high in Australia compared with other countries and its own history. Concerns about how this will influence the economy’s ability to navigate a major downturn have for many years been central...
Report

The impact of COVID-19 on families in hardship in Western Australia

The 100 Families WA COVID-19 report presents experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, its restrictions, and its early economic and social impacts among 158 family members in the study who completed a supplementary COVID-19 survey between May and July 2020.
Fact sheet

Financial wellbeing and COVID-19: CSI response

This fact sheet discusses how the key fiscal policy responses of the Australian federal and state governments have tried to address the impact of the pandemic on financial wellbeing.
Report

Hidden in plain sight: the impact of the COVID-19 response on mature-age, low-income people in Australia

In this paper, the authors argue that COVID-19 has highlighted that existing policies do not meet the needs of people who face entrenched disadvantage.
Report

Families in Australia Survey: life during COVID-19 - report no.1

The Life during COVID-19 survey ran from May 1 to June 9 2020 and had 7,306 participants from around Australia. It was the first survey in the Families in Australia Survey series. The findings in this report are drawn from the first analyses of the...
Report

Ageing in multicultural Western Australia

The challenges faced by older Western Australians from culturally diverse backgrounds are highlighted in this report, which has been prepared to assist with service planning and work to combat ageism, discrimination and financial stress.
Fact sheet

COVID-19 and the demographic distribution of health and economic risks

This fact sheet documents the demographic distribution of different health and economic risks across the Australian population, paying particular attention to older groups (aged 55+).
Working paper

Economic dignity and financial capabilities: connecting principles and concepts

Australians are living in increasingly financialised times. Their financial choices are often constrained by their economic, social and political context. This paper develops the concept of economic dignity as a guiding principle to develop a fuller understanding of financial capability that recognises those contexts.
Report

Economic security and dignity: a financial wellbeing framework

This paper proposes a financial wellbeing framework that recognises the drivers, impacts and experience of economic insecurity, and is based on the concept of economic dignity.
Report

The COVID times

This report explores how COVID-19 is impacting New Zealand. Using direct data comparisons with other countries, the authors discuss how New Zealanders are feeling about wellbeing, the government, the impact of the virus on their household and the concerns they have.
Working paper

Reclaiming social security for a just future: a principled approach to reform

Australia’s current social security system is ill equipped to respond to the technological, demographic, environmental and geopolitical challenges the country faces. In this paper, the authors propose five indivisible principles to underpin Australia’s social security system, so that it contributes to a just, fair and...