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Monday, 31 October 2011
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Murray Electorate: Rent Assistance

(Question No. 400)


Dr Stone asked the Minister representing the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, in writing, on 30 May 2011:

In the electorate of Murray for the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (to date) calendar years, how many people were/are receiving (a) Rent Assistance, or (b) the Living Away From Home Allowance.


Mr Garrett: The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(a) The following table provides the number of people who were receiving payments administered by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations during the specified period and who received or were receiving rent assistance in the calendar year 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (1 January 2011 to 30 June 2011) in the electorate of Murray.

Year

Rent Assistance

(in the Electorate of Murray)

 

2007

3185

2008

3124

2009

3355

2010

3288

2011 (1 Jan to 30 June)

1742

Source: Centrelink administrative data - Rent Assistance for recipients of Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance, Parenting Payment, Sickness Allowance, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY

(b) As the Living Away from Home Allowance is administered by the Australian Tax Office, the Minister is unable to provide the data requested.