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Tuesday, 13 May 1997
Page: 3439

(Question No. 1389)


Mr Slipper asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 27 February 1997:

(1) How many recipients of (a) Job Search Allowance, (b) Newstart Allowance, (c) Mature Age Allowance, (d) age pension, (e) wife pension, (f) disability support pension, (g) carer pension (h) youth training allowance, (i) sole parent pension, (j) widow allowance and (k) partner allowance reside in the postcode areas of (i) 4306, (ii) 4313, (iii) 4405, (iv) 4514, (v) 4515, (vi) 4517, (vii) 4518, (viii) 4519, (ix) 4550, (x) 4551, (xi) 4552, (xii) 4553, (xiii) 4557, (xiv) 4558, (xv) 4572, (xvi) 4575, (xvii) 4610, (xviii) 4614, (xix) 4615 and in the electoral divisions of (A) Fisher, (B) Fairfax, (C) Wide Bay and (D) Longman.

(2) How many households within the electoral divisions of (a) Fisher, (b) Fairfax, (c) Wide Bay and (d) Longman have as their primary source of income a person on (i) Job Search Allowance, (ii) Newstart Allowance, (iii) Mature Age Allowance, (iv) age pension, (v) wife pension, (vi) disability support pension, (vii) youth training allowance (independent) and (viii) widow allowance.


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

(1) The Department of Social Security (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 on diskette has also been forwarded separately to the honourable Member.

DSS does not have data available on customer numbers by electoral division, however the Parliamentary Library has converted the DSS postcode data and has it available by electoral division.

(2) Information is not available on the number of households where the primary source of income is one of the DSS payments. DSS customer information is not available at the household level.