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Benefit Grants and Cancels - September 2018 quarter

Grants and cancels are the total registered numbers during the September quarter (i.e. from 1 July to 30 September). It shows the flow of people within the benefit system within a quarter.

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 September 2018 quarter.

Four-year trend

There were 44,318 grants provided in the quarter ended September 2018. This is 2.5 percent higher or 1,091 more than the number granted in the quarter ended September 2017.

The increase can be attributed to a 6.4 percent increase in the number of grants for Jobseeker Support (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Quarterly grant numbers, September 2014 to September 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

September 2017 quarter

September 2018 quarter

Annual change

Total number of grants to working-age people

43,227 44,318 2.5 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support grants

31,389 33,406 6.4 percent increase

Number of Sole Parent Support grants

6,496 6,207 4.4 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment grants

3,275 3,003 8.3 percent decrease

Number of other main benefit grants

2,067 1,702 17.7 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 September 2018 quarter (i.e. 1 July to 30 September).

Four-year trend

The total number of benefit cancellations decreased by 11.6 percent from 40,544 over the quarter ended September 2017 to 35,835 cancellations in the September 2018 quarter (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Quarterly cancellation numbers, September 2014 to September 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.

The number of cancellations due to clients obtaining work remained the top reason for discontinuing a main benefit (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Quarterly cancellation numbers by reason, September 2014 to September 2018

Quarterly cancellation reasons

Annual comparison

September 2017 quarter

September 2018 quarter

Annual change

Total number of cancels by working-age people

40,544 35,835 11.6 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support cancels

28,003 25,001 10.7 percent decrease

Number of Sole Parent Support cancels

7,364 6,086 17.4 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment cancels

2,740 2,496 8.9 percent decrease

Number of other main benefit cancels

2,437 2,252 7.6 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.