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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Back in Business? WA Small Businesses and the Impact of COVID-19 Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the economy and business sector, but for small businesses these shocks can be more challenging to deal with, with fewer resources to draw from. The latest lockdown is a set-back for WA’s... Read article 5 February 2021COVID-19 Insights  |  Focus on WA Read More
JobKeeper: The efficacy of Australia’s first short-time wage subsidy Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan The Australian JobKeeper wage subsidy is an unprecedented public policy response to a once in a century health and economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of this paper is on the efficacy of the Australian JobKeeper program... Read article 25 September 2020COVID-19 Insights  |  Journal Articles Read More
Analysis of costs and savings of Proposed Reforms to Higher Education Rebecca Cassells, Steven Bond-Smith The Australian Government recently announced a Higher Education Reform Package that has the overarching objective of incentivising students to “make more job-relevant decisions about their education”. The proposed reforms includes changes to both student and Commonwealth contributions to higher education... Read article 23 July 2020COVID-19 Insights  |  COVID-19 Insights Read More
Impact and Response of Businesses in Australia to COVID-19 Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Astghik Mavisakalyan COVID-19 has significantly impacted on businesses and workers over the last three months, with most business predictions reported back in March playing out across the sectors. Businesses have had to make big changes to their workforce, both in terms of... Read article 7 July 2020COVID-19 Insights  |  COVID-19 Insights Read More