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Benefit Grants and Cancels - December 2018 quarter

A grant is the formal acceptance of entitlement to a benefit. The numbers reported below are for benefits granted in the December 2018 quarter (i.e. 1 October to 31 December 2018).

Key facts for grants

A grant is the formal acceptance of entitlement to a benefit. The numbers reported below are for benefits granted in the December 2018 quarter (i.e. 1 October to 31 December 2018).

Five-year trend

There were 52,317 grants provided during the December 2018 quarter, 18.4 percent lower, or 11,842 fewer than the number granted in the December 2013 quarter (Figure 1).

The seasonal increase of the number of grants from the September to December quarters follows a seasonal pattern of increased numbers for the other main benefits. This is driven by an increase in number of grants for Jobseeker Support Student Hardship at the end of the academic year (i.e. November to December).

Figure 1: Quarterly grant numbers, December 2013 to December 2018

Quarterly grant numbers

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years.

Note 2: Jobseeker Support (JS), Supported Living Payment (SLP), and Sole Parent Support (SPS).

Note 3: Other main benefits include Youth Payment (YP), Young Parent Payment (YPP), Emergency Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Emergency Benefit (EB), Jobseeker Support - Student Hardship (JSSH), Widow’s Benefit Overseas (WBO), and Sole Parent Support Overseas (SPSO).

Annual comparison

December 2017 quarter

December 2018 quarter

Annual change

Total number of grants to working-age people

53,715 52,317 2.6 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support grants

31,384 30,814 1.8 percent decrease

Number of Sole Parent Support grants

7,320 6,551 10.5 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment grants

3,125 3,204 2.5 percent increase

Number of other main benefit grants

11,886 11,748 1.2 percent decrease

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years.

Note 2: Other main benefits include YP, YPP, EMA, EB, JSSH, WBO and SPSO.

Key facts for cancels

A cancellation (cancel) is the formal process that stops the entitlement to a benefit. The numbers reported below are for benefits cancelled in the December 2018 quarter (i.e. 1 October to December 2018).

Five-year trend

The December quarter numbers of benefit cancellations continued a general downward trend over the last five years, or from 44,969 cancellations in the December 2013 quarter to 35,710 in the December 2018 quarter (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Quarterly cancellation numbers, December 2013 to December 2018

Quarterly cancellation numbers

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years.

Note 2: Other main benefits include YP, YPP, EMA, EB, JSSH and WBO.

Obtaining work remains the top reason for discontinuing a main benefit (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Quarterly cancellation numbers by reason, December 2013 to December 2018

Quarterly cancellation reasons

Annual comparison

December 2017 quarter

December 2018 quarter

Annual change

Total number of cancels by working-age people

39,846 35,710 10.4 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support cancels

28,216 25,794 8.6 percent decrease

Number of Sole Parent Support cancels

6,452 5,361 16.9 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment cancels

2,697 2,585 4.2 percent decrease

Number of other main benefit cancels

2,481 1,970 20.6 percent decrease

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years.

Note 2: Other main benefits include YP, YPP, EMA, EB, JSSH, SPSO and WBO.