By Barbara Beard, Senior Social Research and Information Officer, WESTIR Limited 



COVID-19 has overshadowed the year 2020 for all Australians at a time when many households have been recovering from the effects of drought, bushfires, and flood.

Employment has probably been the biggest worry for people during the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been job losses, reduced hours, working with social distancing or working from home, combined with home schooling and lockdown.

This paper provides an ongoing snapshot of job status and income support, and should be considered a continuing story with an unknown conclusion.