Taking the Pulse of the Nation

Informing Australian economic & social policy. A Melbourne Institute & Roy Morgan partnership

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Taking the Pulse of the Nation (TTPN) surveys the Australian population to capture their sentiments and behaviours related to current economic and social issues

Since 2020, the Taking the Pulse of the Nation (TTPN) survey has collected compelling information on the changing behaviours and attitudes of Australians. Together, Melbourne Institute and Roy Morgan understand the value in capturing the voices of Australians on the issues that matter right now. We use this information to create expert analyses to directly inform social and economic policies for our Nation.

View the latest trends with our TTPN Tracker. This survey data is available to the public upon request. Please contact us for more information and access.

Latest news

Australians want long-term solutions from the government rather than temporary reliefs to address rising energy costs

Recent soaring energy prices have pushed many Australians into energy poverty. Our latest TTPN report surveyed Australians on their ability to meet daily energy needs and their strategies to deal with high energy costs, finding they want long-term solutions from the government to combat energy poverty.

Read 2 February report

Charitable giving in Australia is back, but not quite to pre-pandemic levels

We often think of December as a period of giving, not only to our friends and families but also to those living in our community and to charitable organisations. Our latest TTPN survey examines how rates of giving, volunteering, and lending a helping hand have changed in Australia as we’ve moved back to pre-pandemic levels of activities and socialising.

Read 12 December report

Tax rebates boosted consumption for Australians

This year, Australians earning up to $126,000 received a boost in their tax refund amount. From our TTPN survey we can see what portion of Australians' tax refunds were spent on consumption, savings or investment. We also found that the propensity to consume (or spend) the tax refund, decreased sharply with income.

Read 24 November report

Long COVID linked to mental distress, unemployment and is affecting more women than men

About 15% of Australians (1.2 million people) have reported long covid symptoms. This report examines the association between long COVID and mental distress and employment. Professor Anthony Scott, author of the report, found that women are more likely to report having long COVID than men, have more severe symptoms including anxiety and depression, and are less likely to be employed.

Read 27 October report

High rates of food insecurity, but few Australians getting help

Food insecurity can serve as a precursor to both poverty and chronic disease. The latest TTPN Survey finds that the rates of reported food insecurity in Australia are much higher than previous estimates, particularly for those aged 18 to 44, for women, those reporting high levels of financial stress, and singles both with and without children. The survey results reveal that just as financial stress remains an issue for many, we should acknowledge that food security is an issue in Australia that requires more attention.

Read 5 October report

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