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Hardship Assistance - December 2017 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 number of grants made for Special Needs Grants (SNG), Advances (ADV) and Recoverable Assistance Payments (RAP) in the December 2017 quarter was higher compared to the previous five years (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Quarterly hardship assistance grants, December 2012 to December 2017

Figure 1: Quarterly hardship assistance numbers, December 2012 to December 2017

The amount of hardship assistance granted has been tracking upwards since the December 2015 quarter (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Amount of quarterly hardship assistance payments, December 2012 to December 2017

Figure 2: Amount of quarterly hardship assistance payments, December 2012 to December 2017

Food has remained the main reason for needing hardship assistance over the last three years. Grants for food assistance have increased from 98,076 in the December 2015 quarter to 137,079 in the December 2017 quarter (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Selected quarterly hardship assistance reasons, December 2015 to December 2017

Figure 3: Selected quarterly hardship assistance reasons, December 2015 to December 2017

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, December 2015 to December 2017

Figure 4: Quarterly hardship assistance reasons value of payment, December 2015 to December 2017

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

Dec-16 quarter

Dec-17 quarter

Annual change

Total Special Needs Grants (SNG)

Number

157,421 182,187 15.7 percent increase

Amount

$29,478,056 $29,897,640 1.4 percent increase
Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants (EH SNG)

Number

8,860 6,172 30.3 percent decrease

Amount

$7,735,788 $6,566,960 15.1 percent decrease
Total Advances (ADV)

Number

84,861 95,571 12.6 percent increase

Amount

$36,866,514 $40,300,111 9.3 percent increase
Total Recoverable Assistance Payments (RAP)

Number

10,140 12,312 21.4 percent increase
Amount $4,827,251 $5,786,911 19.9 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. This is the first quarter where it is possible to make an annual comparison.