COVID-19 Insights

The impacts of COVID-19 are rapidly evolving and affecting the world in unprecedented and confronting ways.

BCEC is committed to providing the analysis and expert commentary needed to understand how COVID-19 is impacting the Australian labour market and economy. We will be adding updates regularly to this web page, including new interactive data, analysis and insights.


Work and mental health implications of COVID-19


Working from home in the COVID-19 lockdown


Short-Term and Long-Term Casual Workers


Job Keepers and Job Seekers: Who loses and who gains?


Potential Job Losses in the COVID-19 Pandemic


Physical Isolation: Staying Connected During COVID-19

COVID-19 Insights

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Work and Mental Health – Implications of COVID-19 Rebecca Cassells, Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Astghik Mavisakalyan There is significant concern about rising mental distress as a result of the pandemic and its economic consequences; with rates of anxiety, loneliness and stress increasing. Increased stress and anxiety may have been driven primarily by isolation and health concerns... Read article 25 May 2020COVID-19 Insights Read More
Working from Home in the COVID-19 Lockdown Michael Dockery, Sherry Bawa Working from Home in the COVID-19 Lockdown Working from home is suddenly the new normal as many organisations and workers try to keep operating under the social distancing restrictions needed to stamp out the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Working... Read article 8 May 2020COVID-19 Insights  |  COVID-19 Insights Read More
Short-term and long-term casual workers: how different are they? Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan Short-term casual workers – those casuals who have been employed in their current job for less than 12 months – constitute around 1 million workers and make-up 40% of Australia’s casual workforce. The JobKeeper wage subsidy package announced on the... Read article 6 April 2020COVID-19 Insights Read More
Job Keepers and Job Seekers: How many workers will lose and how many will gain? Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan In response to the predicted job losses and business closures brought on by responses to COVID-19, the government has announced an unprecedented Job Keeper package at a cost of $130 billion. The package is expected to reach more than 6... Read article 31 March 2020COVID-19 Insights Read More