Food Insecurity in Australia

Monday, October 16, 2017

It was a pleasure teaming up with Foodbank Australia, to conduct new research into the hidden problem of food insecurity in Australia.

What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity can be defined as “a situation that exists when people lack secure access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food for normal growth and development and an active and healthy life” - Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

Despite our reputation as the “lucky country”, the issue of hunger exists in Australia but is largely unnoticed

The reality is that 3.6 million Australians (15%) have experienced food insecurity at least once in the last 12 months. Three in five of these individuals experience food insecurity at least once a month.

Food insecurity impacts a wide range of groups in the community, and is not restricted to the unemployed or homeless. In fact, almost half of food insecure Australians (48%) are employed in some way, whether full-time, part-time or casually.

Our youngest members of the community are also impacted, as dependent children live in 40% of food insecure households.

The study shows how easy it is for someone to fall into food insecurity, given the rising cost of living

Financial pressures can create difficult choices, such as choosing between heating and eating. Two in five food insecure Australians (41%) have not paid bills in order to have enough money to buy food.

The experience of food insecurity is incredibly challenging and can cause a significant decline in quality of life for individuals and families. Skipping meals in these instances is quite common, and 28% of food insecure Australians report going for an entire day without eating in times where they have run out of food.

Download the full report here

Download the full infographic here

Australia's Cooking Landscape for Hello Fresh [Case Study]

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We were delighted to partner with Hello Fresh in conducting new research into Australians weeknight cooking behaviours and decision-making processes.

The Report

These insights are explored in the thought leadership report titled Australia’s Cooking Landscape, which reveals the research insights into Australian weeknight cooking behaviours and decision-making processes.

The full report is available for download here.

The Infographic

The key insights have been pulled together in the infographic below, titled A week in the life of cooks in the Aussie home and reveals how:

  • Australians value homemade meals,
  • Many find it difficult to find time to plan for their weekly meals,
  • Despite being busy and time poor, many Australians still allocate time in their week to spend at the grocery story,
  • Not only are Australians finding it stressful cooking for their household, but ‘food inspiration can sometimes create overwhelming expectations’, and
  • Australians have a strong desire to be more adventurous in the kitchen and to create a variety of healthy weeknight dinners.


For more information on our research and visualisation services, please feel free to check out our Research Pack, or get in touch!

P: 02 8824 3422


Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


VET sector money overcast Black Friday Sales social impact commute collaboration population map social urban taskforce Black Friday in Australia customer travelling internship sydney speaker travel research visualisation Real Estate screenage CBD NBRS business performance census 2016 Social Trend Vocational education shopper's pick social research Sydney keynote speaker communicate James Ward omnibus speajer stats society population growth average sydneysider impact ashley mckenzie organisational culture education Business analysis royal influence February 16 Kiwi Macquarie University communities digital economy wealth and income distribution the australian dream suburbs annual income forecasting emerging technologies gen alpha vegetarian Wellington wealth inequality future proofing going out ACF US technology employers wages charities Elderslie-Harrington park Australian schools twentyseventeen high density home owner society trends data growth of sydney australian social research economy gender kate middleton Caregiver cancelling event australian community trends report australian communities forum hornsby Do It Yourself narcissism toys Territory workshop contiki research families daily commute Word Up census fail professional services VET keynote economic mccrindle organisations offenders social media housing market land of the middle class mccrindle in the media showreel Wodonga 24,000,000 jobs South Australia results news Australian Dream seasons government mccrindle research survey conference Jura Coffee NEETs research services vegemite summer men safe Melbourne wage entrepreneurial 2016 princess charlotte belief huffington post Generation Y Western Australia non profit Australia street crime Financial Planning Association educhat crows nest national wealth trend tuesday IT Specialists wealth and income engagement work-life Cobbitty-Leppington sports fears australia gig economy baby name trends young australians Australia Day repayments unemployment households australian change poker master trends of 2016 lifestyle criminal logan participants 24 million megatrends challenge Adelaide JOMO office opening 2012 cash Australian Population Financial Planning Week charity rich ipswich eliane miles chairty royal baby christian divorce public speaker goals brand experience hunger emerging generations consumerism SMSF debt TEDx Speaker emerging trends speakers pack teaching TDE dessert healthy future baby name predictions dreaming CPI environmental scanning year 7 children networking video moreton bay experience investment food ashley fell energy Australian Communities Trends plans publication WA Tasmania car housing growth wealth workplace learn rent click sydneysiders 1968 optus perth The ABC of XYZ earning monarchy 2013 census data women micro holidays friends SA the hills apartments cloudy days eliane Hornsby Shire Council housing baby name global financial crisis tertiary education generation alpha socialites NFP event australian communities trends report sector wide ACF2017 professional speaker cooking residents culture optus my business awards christmas life rising house prices mover and shaker volunteering student sunny days the changing face of clothing sydneysider investing dream average aussie world leader work from home future business high school Black Friday social trends Northern Beaches office space australian real estate thought leadership Jura Australia winter blues hills innovation generation tattoos trades presentation apartment builders medicine infographics casual event local community village schools students parenting menai infographic panel happiness McCrindle Speakers resource gen z trend mobile cancelling plans potts point public holiday GPO the lucky country 1975 public transport urban living careers futurist greatness choice workers woolworths rule keeper baby names report 2020 mateship live the dream story Geoff Brailey deloitte mother's day mortgage weather easy rider social life bus cost of living demographic trends DESTEL conferences cancel plans family 2016 census recap Channel 7 January 26th pharmacy couple TEDx the hills shire generations household sector state FPA litter youth unemployment food insecurity wellbeing university degree renter of the future Christmas lunch equip wedding Sydney Hills Business Chamber the great screenage Skilling What is food insecurity? thrive VIC shopping centre long weekend income researcher sector wide study ACT Report breakfast priorities cartodb manly Duchess of Cambridge Mount Annan-Currant Hill social researcher high density apartments Mark McCrindle in the media property marriage affordability training growth Channel Seven media activity faith goal educated public speaking rain growing population DIY food bank Myth Royals future of shopping quote outsourcing earn sentiments Gen Z Expert insights intern home ownership interactive trends social lives marketing Research Director schools Work place neutral bay focus group digital world youth day EFF christianity social change demographic transformations Canberra motivate media not for profit entrepreneur tv Aussies millionth acf15 suburban living darwin World Water Day father's day national crime rates education future report capital cities unaffordable collaborative social commentator youth online shopping earnings demographics millennials research pack names internships aussie culture buildings faux-cilising Australian demographics product professional Northern beaches Event financial fears google for education urban post rationalism follow in depth interviews young people domestic workforce coffee McCrindle Speaker demography ideas Financial Planning Association of Australia leadership workshop ultimo Tuesday Trends ACF 2016 work mates slideshare authenticity sustainable social enquiry home volunteer 1980 Aussie ACF17 renting shifts affordable pyrmont Australian Home university future of work Wagga Wagga financial planning Sydney’s south west property market Research Executive community event Bathburst faux-ciliser teach ageing social commentary qualitative research Charlotte media commentary suburb communications gold coast housing affordability System's Architect 2016 census results aged care puzzle holiday cultural diveristy professional development spirituality bondi anzac forum sydneycity education future not for profit research Queensland debate demographer friendship resilience leadership baby boomers fresh visual trends analyst NT "know the times" ethnography global baby ageing population local census responsive in the media mining boom Deaths Australian Trends baby boom 10 years Lower Hunter Region focus groups Assistant Store Manager learning 2014 SMART community engagement cold financial future staff global generations increasing densification financial dreams royal social researchers Australian Families 23 million entrepreneurs of today consumer 1994 grandparents Willowdale Births financial financial independence alpha community study social analysis conference speaker Australian communities Northern Territory employment winter care support rental stress learning styles etiquette internet relational hobart gig Maxim Accounting google teachers volunteers balance blaxland new york times Sydney population Tuesday Trend REIV Conference ACT skills forecast keynote speaker house prices Mark McCrindle house workplace culture Real Estate Institute of Victoria states easter tuesday social shifts small business city commuting Gen Y religion grave decision employmee award teleworking teacher personalities New Zeland PSI graphs Northern Beaches Christian School divorce rate NSW identity donation infographic wall snapshot school satisfaction business index Valentine’s Day royal family transport bureau poor investor micro apartments brands personal growth data analyst Kirsten Brewer who is generation z average Australian purpose statistics define FOMO Hunter Valley newspaper Merry Christmas Australian community trends prince george optimistic group session Gen X demographic train storytelling area sydney metro ABS living property price Generation X English typical australian TED population salary Retail education sector events staying in career Population Clock house price victoria work Christchurch #censusfail coffee lovers social issues NBRS Architecture child care low density speaker Crime Rates supply and demand Netflix global retail REIV National Conference future proof changing face of sydney Sydney hopes McCridle urban living index stay home school students HSC education research mccrinlde TAS mccrindle tea volunteering data future-proof case study tableau jobs of the future brisbane new office conference presentation screenagers Love visualisation real Scouts wolloomooloo lalor park wealth distribution townhouses marrickville New Zealand norwest curiosity sunburnt country learner Performance Sentiment Index faux-cilise budget speakers culturally diverse finance donate sydney event New South Wales social analyst waverton generation Z proactive shbc market research facts year 12 national private wealth insight millenials Lower Hunter celebration mentor McCrindle Keynote Speakers meetings research report school paying to work Hills Shire Council capital city analysis the average aussie 40 million generational trends Australian Bureau of Statistics daily telegraph Christmas season innovative not-for-profit spend moderators guide high density living professional presenters hello fresh 2015 environment australians staying home more Queensland: QLD shopping entertainment baby names parents research data selfie house price rise students local communities sydney hills aged care program marriages sun data visualisation dreams commuters presentations report housing trends church media release politics research on coffee trends of 2017 office SRE pharmacies mythbusters TED talk nfp baby names australia report middle class hills shire Australian Census cica socialising language mythbusting award winner giving know the times communication dare to dream owning a home relevant future of education cost meals engage Res Vis Education Future Forum Australians employmer cars retirement survey design Engineering Manager census results Christmas presents population milestone brand ferry younger generations online list Andrew Duffin group 2017 rise of local tea tips geomapping cultural diversity water weekly earnings The Daily Edition ease of travel Australia Day 2017