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Tuesday, 15 April 1980
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Senator Grimes asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 20 February 1 980:

(   1 ) How many unemployment beneficiaries in each Social Security Department office have had their unemployment benefit terminated in the year ending 31 January 1980.

(2)   How many benefits were terminated of people in the following age groups: (a) 16-17 years; (b) 18-20 years; (c) 21-24 years; (d) 25-44 years; (e) 45-54 years; and (f) 55 years and over.

(3)   What, in each classification kept by the Department, were the reasons for the terminations.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The number of unemployment beneficiaries in each Department of Social Security Regional Office who had their unemployment benefit terminated in the year ended 31 January 1980 is not held on ADP records. However, the number of unemployment benefits terminated in Australia for that period is estimated at 787,000.

(2)   and (3) As indicated in my reply of 25 September 1979 to your Question on Notice No. 1801, the Department of Social Security is developing a collection of statistics on terminations of unemployment benefit Tables have been designed showing selected characteristics of beneficiaries whose benefit was terminated during a specified period. Data are not available for areas smaller than States.

Preliminary data are now to hand for the four months of September. October, November and December 1979. Statistics in relation to Tasmania are excluded for all months and the data for October also exclude Victoria. Difficulties have been experienced in extracting statistical data on terminated cases from the computer masterfile. The vetting and validating ofthe information is currently being undertaken and the collections must be regarded as being only in the development stage. Some preliminary data on the matters you have raised are shown in the following tables. The reasons given for termination of benefit in Table 2 are broad since detailed data on the precise reasons for terminations are not reliable. The quality of data should improve with the progressive introduction of the new national benefit system covering the ADP processing and payment system for unemployment sickness and special benefits. The new system is intended to be introduced initially with South Australia commencing in April 1980.




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