This eighth report in the BCEC’s Focus on the States series report examines the patterns of social connectedness in Australia and provides an assessment of connectedness among different segments of the society.
The report also sheds light on the patterns of loneliness and identifies the groups at greatest risk of loneliness and social isolation. The breadth of people’s social experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic is a special focus of the report and we track changes in social connectedness, participation and trust before and after the pandemic.
The report includes important insights from the new BCEC Social Connectedness Index. Among the main findings, we find that social connectedness has declined in Australia over the last decade, with young women aged 15 to 17 reporting the greatest decline in social support – one of the core dimensions of the Index.