About the study

The world of work has changed dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of Australians have lost their jobs. Millions more are working less or working differently.  

This study explores the physical and mental health impacts of these changes in work, and will track people's engagement in work and their health over time.


Our findings will be fed back to government and employers, providing an evidence-base to support the creation of recovery programs and resources that meet genuine needs.

How does it work?

We recruited more than 2000 Australians aged over 18 years who had been working before the pandemic. Some of these people had been impacted by COVID-19 related job loss or reduction, others continued to work as normal.


Participants completed a telephone or online survey at four timepoints: baseline, 1-month, 3-months and 6-months down the track.

This allows us to track changes in work and health over time.

Study recruitment has now closed, but participants will be continuing to complete follow-up surveys throughout 2020.

Seen us in the news?

Study findings will help understand the impact of the pandemic and can support recovery efforts, so we think it's important to share them widely. Here's some news reports including the study that you may have caught over the last few weeks.