Main type of household government benefit payment (administrative data) (HGAD)
This variable indicates the main type of government benefit payment that a household received. This is based on all government benefits, pensions, and allowances recorded in administrative data for the 2020/2021 financial year of residents aged 15 years or older who were present in the household on Census Night.
This variable wasn’t derived from data collected on the Census form but has been created by linking administrative data from the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) data asset to the Census.
Occupied private dwellings
|00||Nil or negative income|
|05||Dad and Partner Pay|
|06||Disability Support Pension|
|07||Family Tax Benefits|
|08||Future Flexible Support Payment|
|10||Newstart Allowance and JobSeeker|
|11||Paid Parental Leave Payment|
|16||Other government pensions and allowances|
|17||Type of benefit unknown|
|18||Did not receive government pension or allowance|
|99||Admin not available|
Number of categories: 21
Admin not available (99) category comprises:
- Households where no persons were able to be linked to MADIP, and therefore did not have any administrative income information available
Not applicable (@@) category comprises:
- Non-private dwellings
- Unoccupied private dwellings
- Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s
- Other non-classifiable households
How this variable is created
This variable wasn’t derived from data collected directly on the Census form but has been created by linking administrative data from the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) data asset to the Census. The MADIP data asset contains data on government benefits, pensions, and allowances from the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Social Services, this is the source data for this variable.
This variable is calculated based on all government benefits, pensions, and allowances recorded in administrative data for the 2020/2021 financial year of residents aged 15 years or older who were present in the household on Census Night. This includes households where one or more residents did not have income information available in administrative data or where one or more residents were absent from the dwelling on Census Night.
The main type of government benefit payment is the category with the largest amount recorded. This variable does not record the dollar amount of government benefits, pensions, and allowances received; it records what the main benefit type is.
All payments recorded in the administrative data are included, however some government benefit payments have been excluded from this variable as they are deemed not to represent income. The excluded payments are:
- Rent Assistance
- Fares Allowance
- HECS or Course Fees
- Student Start-up Loan
- Home Equity Access Scheme / Pension Loans Scheme
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
History and changes
This is a new variable for 2021.
Data use considerations
This variable provides an alternative, more detailed view on income than income data collected in the Census. It is based on government benefit, pension and allowance information recorded in linked administrative data, and is not data collected from a Census question.
Related variables and glossary terms
- Main type of personal government benefit payment (administrative data) (IGAP)
- Total household income as available (administrative data) (weekly) (HIAASD)
- Main type of family government benefit payment (administrative data) (FGAF)
- Main source of household income (administrative data) (HSAD)
- Administrative data
- Government benefits, pensions and allowances