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Monday, 30 October 2000
Page: 21678


Mr Latham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 31 August 2000:

(1) Further to my question No. 790 (Hansard, 12 October 1999, page 11407) how many persons received the Disability Support Pension (DSP) in 1999-2000.

(2) What was the total cost of the DSP in 1999-2000.

(3) How many DSP recipients have declared in ABS employment surveys that they are seeking work.


Mr Anthony (Minister for Community Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is:

(1) As at June 2000, 602,393 customers were in receipt of DSP.

(2) The total cost of DSP for 1999-2000 was $5.25 billion.

(3) Respondents to the ABS labour force survey are not asked whether they are in receipt of the DSP. However, the sample of respondents in the 1998 ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers was asked questions about receipt of the DSP and employment. Of those respondents who said they received the DSP, 2.4% reported that they were unemployed and seeking work. This figure is subject to sampling variability. It should also be noted that about 8 per cent of DSP recipients have earned income.