1307.8 - Australian Capital Territory in Focus, 2007  
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INCOME SUPPORT

The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) is responsible for providing income support, via Centrelink, to:

  • the aged;
  • people with a disability;
  • carers;
  • youth and students;
  • families with children;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people;
  • the homeless; and
  • people living in rural and remote areas.

Of ACT Centrelink clients receiving income support at 1 July 2006, the highest number (39,295 people) were receiving some form of Family tax benefit. This was followed by the Age pension (18,468 people) and Rent assistance (8,154 people).

8.1 Centrelink clients - Financial year 2005-06(a)(b)(c)

ACT clients
Australian clients
ACT clients as
proportion of
Australian clients
no.
no.
%

Support for the aged
Age pension(d)
18 468
1 917 454
1.0
Wife pension (age)(e)
91
16 051
0.6
Support for people with a disability
Disability support pension
7 281
712 205
1.0
Wife pension (DSP)(f)
112
24 360
0.5
Sickness allowance(g)
91
7 499
1.2
Support for carers
Carer payment
670
105 876
0.6
Carer allowance(h)
3 984
384 932
1.0
Labour market assistance
Newstart allowance(g)
4 009
436 257
0.9
Newstart mature age allowance(g)(i)
48
11 608
0.4
Rent assistance(f)
8 154
1 014 504
0.8
Parenting payment single(f)
4 661
432 958
1.1
Parenting payment partnered(f)
1 043
158 815
0.7
Partner allowance(g)
254
59 815
0.4
Widow allowance(g)(j)
329
44 426
0.7
Youth and student support
Austudy(f)
446
27 714
1.6
Youth allowance full-time(f)
4 540
267 580
1.7
Youth allowance other(f)
726
76 751
0.9
Family Assistance(d)
Family tax benefit A(k)(l)
22 402
1 811 818
1.2
Family tax benefit B(k)(l)
16 893
1 372 685
1.2

(a) The above data represents a specific point in time (or snapshot) as at the date identified.
(b) Customer details are associated with Federal Electorate areas based on the address information provided to Centrelink. Approximately 2% of the total addresses are unable to be mapped to specific Federal Electorates. Because of this, customer numbers for Electorates may be slightly under-counted and cannot be compared directly with other Centrelink data.
(c) Current and suspended customers are included.
(d) Does not include Age Pensioners paid by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
(e) From 1 July 1995 there have been no new grants of Wife Pension (Age). Current and suspended recipients (wife of a person receiving an Age Pension) may continue to receive this payment.
(f) Only current customers are included.
(g) Only current customers are included. Customers that did not receive a payment due to their own income and/or that of their partner, or parents (where applicable), are excluded.
(h) Health Care Card Only customers are included.
(i) Payment can no longer be claimed. No new claims for Newstart Mature Age Allowance from 20 September 2003. Figures represent current customers who claimed prior to 20 September 2003.
(j) No new claims after 1 July 2005 unless the woman was born on or before 1 July 1955.
(k) The above table provides information about FTB(A) and FTB(B) customers who receive their entitlement via fortnightly instalments through Centrelink. It does not include customers who claim FTB via lump sum through the ATO or Centrelink. These customers represent, approximately, an additional 10% of the population shown above.
(l) Some customers may be in receipt of both FTB(A) and FTB(B) in the above figures.
Centrelink, Data available on request.


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