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Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Page: 6247


Dr Southcott asked the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services, in writing, on 13 May 2008:

(1)   In respect of the Newstart Allowance: how many recipients are also principal carer parents; and from May 2007, what is the month by month breakdown of these figures.

(2)   In respect of Parenting Payment: how many people are receiving (a) Partnered; and (b) Single.

(3)   From 1 July 2007, how many people have transferred from Parenting Payment, to Newstart Allowance.


Ms Plibersek (Minister for Housing and Minister for the Status of Women) —The Minister for Human Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

(1)   As at 7 March 2008, of the 524,042 customers in receipt of Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance, 22,613 are principal carers. The breakdown of these figures by month from May 2007 to March 2008 is below.

Month

Total no. of Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance customers

Total no. of principal carers in receipt of Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance customers

Principal carers as a proportion of the total Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance

May 2007

539,991

14,992

2.78%

June 2007

534,675

15,829

2.96%

July 2007

528,634

16,610

3.14%

August 2007

517,511

17,429

3.37%

September 2007

509,858

17,561

3.44%

October 2007

501,331

18,061

3.6%

November 2007

504,202

18,923

3.75%

December 2007

518,803

19,864

3.83%

January 2008

530,815

21,174

3.99%

February 2008

527,050

22,372

4.24%

March 2008

524,042

22,613

4.32%

 

(2)  

(a)   As at 28 March 2008, there were 129,423 Parenting Payment Partnered customers.

(b)   As at 14 March 2008, there were 367,824 Parenting Payment Single customers.

(3)   There have been no Parenting Payment customers who have transferred from Parenting Payment to Newstart Allowance since 1 July 2007. As at 16 May 2008, there have been 3,178 Parenting Payment customers who have lost entitlement to, or cancelled off Parenting Payment since 1 July 2007, and subsequently reclaimed Newstart Allowance.