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Hardship Assistance - March 2018 quarter

Hardship Assistance is for people with insufficient income and assets, and who have immediate and specific needs that cannot be met by their own resources.

Five-year trend

The total number of grants made for Special Needs Grants (SNG), Advances (ADV) and Recoverable Assistance Payments (RAP) in the March 2018 quarter was the highest since the March 2013 quarter (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Quarterly hardship assistance grants, March 2013 to March 2018

Figure 1: Quarterly hardship assistance grants, March 2013 to March 2018

The amount of hardship assistance granted has been tracking upwards since the end of March 2013 (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Amount of quarterly hardship assistance payments, March 2013 to March 2018

Figure 2: Amount of quarterly hardship assistance payments, March 2013 to March 2018, March 2013 to March 2018

Food has remained the main reason for needing hardship assistance over the last five years. Grants for food assistance went up by 22,586 or from 121,400 in the March 2017 quarter to 143,986 in the March 2018 quarter (Figure 3).

Historically, the number of people that requested hardship assistance to cover for school/education expenses increases during this period as schools open.

Figure 3: Selected quarterly hardship assistance reasons, March 2013 to March 2018

Figure 4: Amount of quarterly hardship assistance granted by reason, March 2016 to March 2018

Note 1: Accommodation related reasons include accommodation, bond/tenancies and rent arrears. Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants are not included in this category.

In terms of the value of grants made, accommodation related hardship assistance (excluding Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants) accounted for the highest amount granted (Figure 4).

Figure 4: Amount of quarterly hardship assistance granted by reason, March 2016 to March 2018

Figure 3: Selected quarterly hardship assistance reasons, March 2013 to March 2018

Note 1: Accommodation related reasons include accommodation, bond/tenancies and rent arrears. Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants are not included in this category.

Annual comparison

March 2017 quarter

March 2018 quarter

Annual change

Total Special Needs Grants (SNG)

Number

165,286 186,119 12.6 percent increase

Amount

$30,041,293 $28,972,490 3.6 percent decrease
Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants (EH SNG)

Number

9,218 6,138 33.4 percent decrease

Amount

$8,835,097 $6,574,733 25.6 percent decrease
Total Advances (ADV)

Number

110,159 118,528 7.6 percent increase

Amount

$42,502,505 $45,219,274 6.4 percent increase
Total Recoverable Assistance Payments (RAP)

Number

13,104 15,110 15.3 percent increase
Amount $5,718,751 $6,630,171 15.9 percent increase

Note 1: Special Needs Grants and Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants are a count of grants, not a count of clients. A client may have more than one grant in the period.

Note 2: The Emergency Housing Special Needs Grant was implemented from 1 July 2016 and was able to be reported separately from the December 2016 quarter.