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Hardship Assistance - September 2017 quarter

Five-year trend

In the September 2017 quarter, Special Needs Grants (SNG), Advances (ADV) and Recoverable Assistance Payments (RAP) numbers were higher compared to the September 2016 quarter (Figure 1).

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

Quarterly hardship assistance numbers, September 2012 to September 2017

There was a similar pattern for the amount of hardship assistance payments granted (Figure 2).

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

Amount of quarterly hardship assistance payments, September 2012 to September 2017

Over the last five years, food has consistently remained the main reason for needing hardship assistance (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Selected quarterly hardship assistance reasons, September 2012 to September 2017

Selected quarterly hardship assistance reasons, September 2012 to September 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

Sep-16 quarter

Sep-17 quarter

Annual change

Special Needs Grants (SNG)

Number

147,224 174,683 18.7 percent increase

Amount

$24,616,162 $30,803,954 25.1 percent increase
Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants (EH SNG)

Number

NA 9,159 NA

Amount

NA $8,964,440 NA
Total Advances (ADV)

Number

89,514 102,586 14.6 percent increase

Amount

$38,619,893 $42,443,951 9.9 percent increase
Total Recoverable Assistance Payments (RAP)

Number

10,903 13,414 23.0 percent increase
Amount $5,074,231 $6,184,516 21.9 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. Therefore no annual comparison is currently available.

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Hardship Assistance - September 2017 quarter

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