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Wednesday, 21 August 1996
Page: 3510

(Question No. 429)


Mr Sawford asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 20 June 1996:

(1) What is the total number of clients served by the Woodville, SA, Regional Office of the Minister's Department.

(2) How many clients referred to in part (1), in each postcode area, have received (a) a pension administered by the Minister's Department, (b) an age pension, (c) a disability support pension, (d) a widow's pension, (e) a family payment, (f) a job search allowance, (g) a newstart allowance, (h) a partner allowance, (i) a parenting allowance, (j) a widow's allowance, (k) a sole parent pension or (l) child care fee relief since June 1995.


Mr Ruddock —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) The total number of clients served by the Woodville, SA, Regional Office at March 1996 was 15,142.

(2)(a-k) While it is not possible without extensive computer extractions to say how many persons have received a Department of Social Security (DSS) payment since June 1995, it is possible to say how many persons received a payment at a point in time by postcode area.

I am not prepared to authorise the considerable resources required to extract this information for individual postcode areas. However, DSS produces data on recipients of all DSS pension, benefits and family payments by postcode. The publication titled `Recipients of Pensions, Benefits and Family Payments in Postcode Districts' is produced on a quarterly basis and is publicly available. It is also available through the Parliamentary Library.

A copy of the publication and a diskette has also been forwarded separately to the honourable member.

(l) Child care fee relief is now known as Childcare Assistance. Postcode data is not available for this payment, however, the number of current Childcare Assistance clients served by the Woodville Regional Office at 29 March 1996 was 594.