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1362.6 - Regional Statistics, Tasmania, 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/08/2003   
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The Age Pension seeks to ensure that people who have reached retirement age have an adequate level of income. Subject to income and assets tests, men aged 65 years and over are eligible for the Age Pension. For women, it depends on their date of birth. From 1 July 1995, the minimum age of 60 years for women to receive the Age Pension began to increase. By 2013, the minimum qualifying age for women will be 65 years, making it the same as for men.

On 1 July 1998, a pension bonus scheme was introduced. People who qualify for an Age Pension but delay their retirement and keep working can receive a lump sum bonus payment when they stop working and take up their pension entitlement.

At 1 June 2001 the local government area of Break O'Day had the highest rate of Age Pensioners in the state, with 134.9 recipients per 1,000 persons. Brighton local government area had 63.6 Age Pensioners per 1,000 persons, the lowest rate in the state.


RECIPIENTS OF AGE PENSION, Tasmanian local government areas(a)(b) - 1 June 2001

Recipients
Estimated resident population -
as at 30 June 2001(c)



Local government area

no.

crude rate(d)
(per 1,000 persons)

no.

median age

Greater Hobart-Southern
Brighton
821
63.6
12,915
29
Central Highlands
238
102.7
2,316
39
Clarence
5,059
102.0
49,594
38
Derwent Valley
1,029
109.8
9,373
36
Glamorgan/Spring Bay
526
131.8
3,989
45
Glenorchy
5,337
121.3
44,003
37
Hobart
4,070
85.8
47,446
36
Huon Valley
1,338
96.6
13,846
36
Kingborough
2,419
82.3
29,379
37
Sorell
1,040
94.5
11,004
36
Southern Midlands
479
83.5
5,730
36
Tasman
259
114.7
2,259
42
Total
22,615
97.5
231,854
37

Northern
Break O'Day
780
134.9
5,781
43
Dorset
886
120.7
7,339
37
Flinders
94
106.0
887
43
George Town
638
98.4
6,491
36
Launceston
6,819
109.4
62,335
36
Meander Valley
1,624
89.9
18,066
36
Northern Midlands
1,171
98.2
11,926
37
West Tamar
2,254
111.1
20,290
38
Total
14,266
107.2
133,115
37

Mersey-Lyell
Burnie
1,958
103.7
18,886
36
Central Coast
2,536
120.6
21,029
38
Circular Head
595
73.9
8,047
34
Devonport
2,984
123.0
24,257
38
Kentish
471
85.7
5,499
36
King Island
111
64.4
1,724
38
Latrobe
948
115.1
8,241
38
Waratah/Wynyard
1,566
114.9
13,627
37
West Coast
445
80.6
5,516
33
Total
11,615
108.7
106,826
37

Tasmania

48,496

102.8

471,795

37

(a) Data have been aggregated to local government areas from postcode data supplied by Centrelink. Consequently, some figures have been rounded.
(b) Small area data in this table has been confidentialised. Totals for Tasmania may differ to those published in Statistics - Tasmania.
(c) Source: ABS data available on request, Population by Age and Sex.
(d) This is a crude rate only. It has not been adjusted to take into account the population eligible to receive payment. Therefore, care should be taken when interpreting figures.

Source: Centrelink.


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