How COVID-19 has impacted food availability
and access in South West Western Australia

Edith Cowan University research conducted throughout 2020 aimed to understand how COVID-19 impacted food availability and access in the South West region of WA.

A community survey asked respondents to report how COVID-19 might have changed the food that they bought and consumed, their opinion on how food availability and access has been impacted and their perceptions of locally grown food. 

In-depth interviews were also conducted with people working in food supply, such as farmers, wholesalers, retailers, hospitality staff, people working in childcare, aged care or food relief staff/volunteers. The interviews aimed to understand how COVID-19 has impacted South West WA food supply, opinions of changes to consumer food purchasing behaviour, any innovative examples of how food businesses have changed the way they operate that people have seen, opportunities and aspirations for a post-COVID-19 food supply.

See the infographics and webinars sections for information on the findings and recommendations arising from this research.