Brian and Eunice.

Benefit Grants and Cancels - December 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 December 2017 quarter (ie October to December 2017).

Two-year trend

The total number of grants for working-age people continued its downward trend, from 57,589 grants in the December 2015 quarter to 53,715 grants in the December 2017 quarter (Figure 1).

The seasonal pattern in the grant numbers is driven by grants for other main benefits. For example, the increase of Jobseeker Support - Student Hardship benefits granted in the December quarter, following the end of the academic year.

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

Figure 1: Quarterly grant numbers, December 2015 to December 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

Dec-16 quarter

Dec-17 quarter

Annual change

Total number of grants to working-age people

53,732 53,715 0.0 percent decrease

Number of Jobseeker Support grants

29,932 31,384 4.9 percent increase

Number of Sole Parent Support grants

6,767 7,320 8.2 percent increase

Number of Supported Living Payment grants

3,141 3,125 0.5 percent decrease

Number of other main benefit grants

13,892 11,886 14.4 percent decrease

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

Note 2: Other main benefits include YP, YPP, EMA, EB, JSSH, 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 December 2017 quarter (ie October to December 2017).

Two-year trend

The total number of benefit cancellations for working-age people increased from 37,733 in the December 2016 quarter to 39,846 in the December 2017 quarter (Figure 2).

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

Figure 2: Quarterly cancellation numbers, December 2015 to December 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.

Obtaining work continues to be the top reason for benefits cancellations (Figure 3).

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

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

Annual comparison

Dec-16 quarter

Dec-17 quarter

Annual change

Total number of cancels by working-age people

37,733 39,846 5.6 percent increase

Number of Jobseeker Support cancels

25,872 28,216 9.1 percent increase

Number of Sole Parent Support cancels

6,369 6,452 1.3 percent increase

Number of Supported Living Payment cancels

2,589 2,697 4.2 percent increase

Number of other main benefit cancels

2,903 2,481 14.5 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.