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Benefit Grants and Cancels - September 2017 quarter

Key facts for grants

A grant is the formal acceptance of entitlement to a benefit. The numbers reported below are for benefits granted in the September 2017 quarter (ie July to September 2017).

Two-year trend

In the September 2017 quarter, the total number of grants to working-age people was lower than in the September 2016 quarter (Figure 1). The seasonal pattern in grant numbers is driven by grants of Other main benefits (especially JSSH grants in the December quarter following the end of the academic year).

Figure 1: Quarterly grant numbers, September 2015 to September 2017

Quarterly grant numbers, September 2015 to September 2017

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years.

Note 2: Jobseeker Support (JS), Supported Living Payment (SLP), and Sole Parent Support (SPS).

Note 3: Other main benefits include Youth Payment (YP), Young Parent Payment (YPP), Emergency Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Emergency Benefit (EB), Jobseeker Support Student Hardship (JSSH), Widow’s Benefit Overseas (WBO), and Sole Parent Support Overseas (SPSO).

Annual comparison

Sep-16 quarter

Sep-17 quarter

Annual change

Total number of grants to working-age clients

44,512 43,227 2.9 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support grants

32,059 31,389 2.1 percent decrease

Number of Sole Parent Support grants

6,465 6,496 0.5 percent increase

Number of Supported Living Payment grants

3,331 3,275 1.7 percent decrease

Number of other main benefit grants

2,657 2,067 22.2 percent decrease

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years.

Note 2: Other main benefits include YP, YPP, EMA, EB, JSSH, WBO and SPSO.

Key facts for cancels

A cancellation (cancel) is the formal process that stops the entitlement to a benefit. The numbers reported below are for benefits cancelled in the September 2017 quarter (ie July to September 2017).

Two-year trend

The total number of benefit cancellations by working-age people in the September 2017 quarter was lower than in the September 2016 quarter (Figure 2).

Total main benefits, Jobseeker Support and Other main benefits showed a similar seasonal pattern.

Figure 2: Quarterly cancellation numbers, September 2015 to September 2017

Quarterly cancellation numbers, September 2015 to September 2017

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years.

Note 2: Other main benefits include YP, YPP, EMA, EB, JSSH and WBO.

Reasons for cancelling benefits generally show seasonal variations, with recipients obtaining work consistently the top reason for benefits being cancelled (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Quarterly cancellation numbers by reason, September 2015 to September 2017

Quarterly cancellation numbers by reason, September 2015 to September 2017

Annual comparison

Sep-16 quarter

Sep-17 quarter

Annual change

Total number of cancels by working-age clients

42,706 40,544 5.1 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support cancels

29,186 28,003 4.1 percent decrease

Number of Sole Parent Support cancels

7,714 7,364 4.5 percent increase

Number of Supported Living Payment cancels

2,940 2,740 6.8 percent increase

Number of other main benefit cancels

2,866 2,437 15.0 percent decrease

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years.

Note 2: Other main benefits include YP, YPP, EMA, EB, JSSH and WBO.

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