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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1205


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

Has any survey been made by the Department of Social Services as to the extent of means that aged, invalid and widow pensioners may have in addition to their pension entitlements; if so, what is the general overall result of that survey.


Senator GREENWOOD The Minister for Social Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

A statistical survey of the characteristics, including the 'means as assessed', of all age, invalid and widow pensioners in New South

Wales and Victoria was carried out by the Department of Social Services in March 1971. Means as assessed' in the case of an age or invalid pensioner, or a widow pensioner without dependent children, consist of the pensioner's annual rate of income plus a property component equal to $2 for each $20 of property above $400; in the case of a widow pensioner with dependent children, no property component is counted if property does not exceed $4,500. Where property exceeds that sum, a property component is calculated on the basis of $2 for each $20 in excess of $2,000.

In determining a pensioner's 'means as assessed' certain forms of income and property, are not taken into account. For example, income from property, payments received from children, the value of the pensioner's home, furniture and personal effects, including a car used for private purposes, are disregarded.

Detailed findings of the survey are set out at pages 53-56 of the Annual Report of the DirectorGeneral of Social Services, 1970-71.







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