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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/09/2002   
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Contents >> Income >> Income support

A hundred years ago there was no social security system in Australia. Charitable relief was provided to needy persons by voluntary organisations, in some cases with the assistance of government grants. The main areas of need that attracted assistance were the ‘sick poor’, neglected children, old people who were destitute and women who had been deserted or who had ‘fallen’ pregnant. The unemployed were assisted by grants of wages, or rations, in return for relief work provided by the government.

Pensions for aged people were introduced in Australia in 1909, which was the beginning of the national provision of social security payments. Since then many other regular income payments have been added to provide income security to groups such as:

  • the retired
  • people with disabilities
  • the sick
  • the unemployed
  • families.

The provision of income to these groups aims to ensure that people have adequate levels of income to support themselves and their dependants. Carers of these particular groups are also entitled to various benefits.

Income maintenance payments are provided to individuals by the Commonwealth Government, primarily through the Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

The Tasmanian government also provides a number of concessions to students, the unemployed, low income earners and seniors. For more information about these concessions see the Tasmanian Government Concessions guide 2004-05 (Adobe Acrobat format) on the Tasmanian Premier's web site.

In Tasmania, local governments may also provide council rate remissions for those holding a Pensioner Concession Card.


FaCS is responsible for putting to work the Government's social support policies for families, working-age people and those who are retired. The Department also manages the delivery of services for people with disabilities, families with children, community support (excluding the Home and Community Care Program), family relationships, and welfare housing.

More information about FaCS can be found at the FaCS web site,


DVA is responsible for serving members of Australia's veteran and defence force communities, their war widows/widowers, widows/widowers and dependants through programs of care, compensation, commemoration and defence support services.

More information about DVA can be found at the DVA web site,



Age Pension recipients
June 2003
Service Pension recipients
June 2002
Disability Support Pension recipients
June 2003
Newstart Allowance recipients
June 2003
Family Tax Benefit recipients
June 2003
Parenting Payment recipients
June 2003

(a) As at May 2004, Centrelink figures have been revised to conform to new standard definitions.

Source: Centrelink.

This section contains the following subsection :
        Payments for the aged, Department of Family and Community Services
        Payments for the aged, Department of Veterans' Affairs payments, Service pensions
        Payments for those with a disability or those who are sick, Department of Family and Community Services
        Payments for those with a disability or those who are sick, Department of Veterans' Affairs
        Payments for students and the unemployed
        Payments and assistance for families with children
        Other selected payments

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