• Financial support from lending institutes in difficult times 
    HRF Centre's Prof. Will Rifkin discusses impact of COVID-19 - Watch now (3:30 Min.)
  • The Hunter's high youth unemployment - latest figures and impacts of COVID -
    Q&A with Dr Anthea Bill - Read now
  • Hunter unemployment figures for April 
    HRF Centre's Dr Anthea Bill discusses the impact of coronavirus - Watch now (5 min.) 
  • National unemployment figures for April
    HRF Centre's Dr Anthea Bill discusses the impact of coronavirusWatch now (5 min.)

HRF Centre Opinion Pieces and Articles
  • Economic recovery stymied by a capital drought for small business by HRF Centre's Will Rifkin - Newcastle Herald opinion piece, 20 June 2020
  • Beat the crowds, flatten the curve by HRF Centre's Will Rifkin - Newcastle Herald opinion piece, May 2020
  • COVID-19 and GFC: a tale of two crises by HRF Centre's George Pantelopoulos - Newcastle Herald opinion piece, 11 April 2020
  • It is beholden on all of us to understand the likely domino effect when workers suffer a drop in income or are laid off - by HRF Centre's Dr Anthea Bill - Newcastle Herald opinion piece, 1 April 2020
  • One-in-five Hunter jobs most vulnerable as virus-related lay-offs continue warns HRF Centre's Dr Anthea Bill - Newcastle Herald article, 28 March 2020
  • Current news about fire recovery and pandemic can suggest national prospects for 20 years hence - Opinion Piece by HRF Centre's Professor Will Rifkin - Newcastle Herald article, 17 March 2020

Other Recent Articles

  • Reflections on how the city dealt with Spanish flu in 1919 by Dr David Williams - Newcastle Herald opinion piece, 6 May 2020
  • Cost-effectiveness Analysis of COVID-19 Case Isolation by VHeP group at The University of Newcastle, paper May 2020
  • COVID catch-up: helping disadvantaged students close the equity gap, Grattan Institute report, 15 Jun 2020 
  • Repairing social housing to repair the economy, Dr Tim Williams, Arup and Australian Cities Leader, CEDA article, 18 May 2020
  • Trade and Supply Chains: pressure points in perspective, Jarod Ball CEDA Chief Economist article, 13 May 2020
  • It's time to seize key opportunities for regional investment in the Hunter, Committee for the Hunter CEO, Alice Thompson, Newcastle Herald opinion piece, 9 May 2020
  • Political live after lockdown: a democratic reset or back to the future?, University of Newcastle's Professor Jim Jose, Newcastle Herald opinion piece, 9 May 2020
  • Testing should be done for asymptomatic cases of COVID-19, University of Newcastle's Professor Francesco Paolucci, Newcastle Herald article, 28 April 2020
  • Shutdown: estimating the COVID-19 employment shock, Grattan Institute Working paper, 20 April 2020
  • Which parts of normal will we rush back to? And which part of normal will we refine?, Samaritans CEO Brad Webb, Newcastle Herald Opinion Piece, 16 April 2020
  • Coronavirus: Generational boom, crash - and then reset, Bernard Salt, 7news - The Daily Edition article. 16 April 2020
  • The Coronavirus Class Divide in Cities, Richard Florida, CityLab article 7 April 2020
  • Certified Corona-Immunity as a recourse and a way back to normality, Observer Research Foundation article, 6 April 2020
  • How the coronavirus crippled Italy- unpacking what went tragically wrong University of Newcastle's Professor Francesco Paolucci and Chiara Berardi, Independent Australia article, 5 April 2020
  • Research pinpoints which Australia cities take biggest economic blow from COVID-19 article, 3 April 
  • COVID-19 Real time economic data is in high demand but short supply, CEDA article, 1 April 2020 
  • The economic, budgetary and health impacts of COVID-19 Grattan Institute Webinar, 27 March 2020
  • What Australia can learn from Italy's Coronavirus Crisis featuring the University of Newcastle's Professor Francesco Paolucci, Studio 10 article, 26 March 2020
  • National COVID-19 Coordination Commission Launched (Focussed with anticipating and solving economic and social problems arising from the coronavirus pandemic and advise the government on appropriate actions to take) 
    Sydney Morning Herald article, 25 March 2020
  • When it comes to unemployment in Australia, definitions have been Greg Jericho - The Guardian article, 24 March 2020
  • The US economy and policy in the coronavirus to date (including great influenza epidemic 1918-1920) Brookings article, 23 March 2020
  • COVID-19: The endgame, and how we get there Grattan Institute article, 21 March 2020
  • Why are we talking about at least six months of disruption? Where does that number come from? The Conversation article, 19 March 2020


  • Hunter Business Chamber website -  updates, advice and solutions for local businesses
  • Help Hunter online portal - free COVID-19 business guides covering core business elements including legal, HR, recruitment

Events update

  • Upper Hunter Breakfast Series - 1 April event at Muswellbrook RSL (Cancelled)
  • Newcastle Breakfast Series - 22 May event at Wests Newcastle (Cancelled. A further announcement regarding a potential replacement event and our series ticket holders will be made at a later date.) 

The COVID-19 virus is having a profound impact on every member of the Hunter community. As a region, we have always come together in times of crisis, and I am confident that we will see that same spirit over the coming weeks and months.

The HRF Centre values its long history of partnering with the region's communities and organisations to provide analysis and insight that helps with responses and planning that shapes the future of the Hunter. These partnerships have rarely been more important than now in this time of significant social and economic disruption. The HRF Centre will continue to work with our partners to analyse, understand and explain the socio-economic landscape of the region.

Following the Prime Minister's statements about non-essential gatherings - and to keep our staff and community safe, the Centre is making changes to how we deliver our services. We are moving much of our face-to-face engagement to online platforms for the immediate future. This shift includes our regular breakfast series. Details on the delivery of upcoming events will be made available to you shortly.

As stated by so many in our region in recent days, the Hunter will get through the challenging times ahead by coming together. We have done so many times before, with shared purpose and a commitment to the wellbeing of all – particularly the most vulnerable.

Professor Will RifkinDirector and Chair in Applied Regional Economics, HRF Centre
18 March 2020