Statistical Paper No 2: Income support customers: a statistical overview 2003

This paper provides a snapshot of the number and demographic characteristics of income support recipients in 2003.

Key highlights from the paper include:

  • information on eligibility criterion for income support payments administered by the former Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA)
  • time series data for income support payments from 1993–2003
  • data on customer characteristics, such as age, gender, country of birth, state and territory, home ownership, duration on payment and income
  • working-age income support payment data, including customers who were unemployed, studying, mature-age or unable to support themselves
  • information on payments to assist families with the costs of raising children and child care support services
  • details on supplementary and concession card payments
  • an overview of the diversity and economic importance of Australia's social security arrangements with overseas countries.

This publication is expected to provide a ready source of payment information and data for government, university and research institutions, community organisations, and international welfare agencies.

Content Updated: 10 May 2012