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Benefit Grants and Cancels - March 2018 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 March 2018 quarter (ie January to March 2018).

Two-year trend

There were 41,784 grants provided as at end of the March 2018. This is four percent higher or 1,617 more than the number granted in the March 2017 quarter (Figure 1).

The drop in the number of grants from the December 2017 quarter is consistent with a seasonal pattern. This pattern is driven by grants for other main benefits such as Jobseeker Support Student Hardship at the end of an academic year.

Figure 1: Quarterly grant numbers, March 2016 to March 2018

Figure 1: Quarterly grant numbers, March 2016 to March 2018

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

March 2017 quarter

March 2018 quarter

Annual change

Total number of grants to working-age people

40,167 41,784 4.0 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support grants

27,571 29,113 5.6 percent increase

Number of Sole Parent Support grants

6,254 6,970 11.4 percent increase

Number of Supported Living Payment grants

2,917 2,750 5.7 percent decrease

Number of other main benefit grants

3,425 2,951 13.8 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 March 2018 quarter (ie January to March 2018).

Two-year trend

The total number of benefit cancellations decreased by 2.2 percent or from 52,826 in the March 2017 quarter to 51,649 in the March 2018 quarter. The highest year to year change was from cancellations of other main benefits (a decrease of 7.4 percent); this decrease was largely due to cancellations of Jobseeker Support Student Hardship as students returned to full time studies (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Quarterly cancellation numbers, March 2016 to March 2018

Figure 2: Quarterly cancellation numbers, March 2016 to March 2018

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

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

The number of cancellations due to clients obtaining work remains to be the top reason for discontinuing a main benefit, followed by cancellations due to people returning to full time studies (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Quarterly cancellation numbers by reason, March 2016 to March 2018

Figure 3: Quarterly cancellation numbers by reason, March 2016 to March 2018

Annual comparison

March 2017 quarter

March 2018 quarter

Annual change

Total number of cancels by working-age people

52,826 51,649 2.2 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support cancels

31,978 31,634 1.1 percent decrease

Number of Sole Parent Support cancels

8,615 8,444 2.0 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment cancels

2,616 2,664 1.8 percent increase

Number of other main benefit cancels

9,617 8,907 7.4 percent decrease

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

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