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

Ongoing work-from-home negotiation converges (somewhat)

Over the past two years, employers have been asking for more time in the office, but workers have become used to the flexibility of working from home. Our latest TTPN summary report reveals that while disagreement over hours worked in the office and from home has narrowed somewhat, the wedge still remains large.

Read 27 July report

Higher education in Australia - a desired but costly investment

Getting a higher education degree brings many benefits ranging across higher income, a healthier lifestyle, and greater civic and voluntary engagement. Our latest TTPN survey reveals that most Australians aspire to attain higher education degrees, and those who get them almost never regret it. However, the significant costs involved lead people to seek various resources to finance their education, and paying off their student debt has a substantial impact on their lives.

Read 30 June report

Australians continue to face budgetary constraints in housing, food, energy and healthcare

Despite better employment, Australians continue to face increasing costs, resulting in shortage of funding to cover basic needs such as food, housing, and health expenditures. Our latest TTPN report surveyed Australians on their ability to make ends meet and the support services accessed when financially challenged.

Read 18 May report

Women continue to do more unpaid domestic work than men. Better provision of external support services and greater flexibility to work from home needed to reduce burden.

Women continue to bear the brunt of unpaid domestic work. Our latest TTPN survey explores the gender gap in unpaid domestic work, finding that cost or availability of external support services as well as lack of support from friends and families are key contributing factors.

Read 27 April report

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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