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Newstart and Youth Allowance Data

National & State Data

National

Around 1 million people in Australia rely on the inadequate payments for unemployed people, Newstart and Youth Allowance. More than 2 in 5 are aged over 45 years.  There are 107,000 families with an estimated 160,000 children who have a parent who are trying to survive on these terribly low payments.  Nearly 4 in 5 of these are sole parents, mostly mothers.

Australian Capital Territory

Around 6,800 people in the ACT rely on the inadequate payments for unemployed people, Newstart and Youth Allowance. More than 2 in 5 are aged over 45 years.  APW has estimated there are over 1,000 families with about 1,600 children who have a parent who are trying to survive on these terribly low payments.  Nearly 4 in 5 of these are sole parents, mostly mothers.

New South Wales

Over 222,000 people in NSW rely on the inadequate payments for unemployed people, Newstart and Youth Allowance. More than 2 in 5 are aged over 45 years.  APW has estimated there are nearly 29,000 families with about 43,300 children who have a parent who are trying to survive on these terribly low payments.  Nearly 4 in 5 of these are sole parents, mostly mothers.

Northern Territory

Over 17,000 people rely on the inadequate payments for unemployed people, Newstart and Youth Allowance in the Northern Territory. More than 2 in 5 are aged over 45 years.  APW has estimated there are nearly 2,200 families with about 3,300 children who have a parent who are trying to survive on these terribly low payments.  Nearly 4 in 5 of these are sole parents, mostly mothers.

Queensland

Nearly 190,000 Queenslanders rely on the inadequate payments for unemployed people, Newstart and Youth Allowance. More than 2 in 5 are aged over 45 years.  APW has estimated there are over 24,500 families with about 37,000 children who have a parent who are trying to survive on these terribly low payments.  Nearly 4 in 5 of these are sole parents, mostly mothers.

South Australia

Over 73,000 people rely on the inadequate payments for unemployed people, Newstart and Youth Allowance in South Australia. More than 2 in 5 are aged over 45 years.  APW has estimated there are around 9,500 families with about 14,000 children who have a parent who are trying to survive on these terribly low payments.  Nearly 4 in 5 of these are sole parents, mostly mothers.

Tasmania

Nearly 25,000 Tasmanians rely on the inadequate payments for unemployed people, Newstart and Youth Allowance.  More than 2 in 5 are aged over 45 years.  APW has estimated there are nearly 3,300 families with about 4,800 children who have a parent who are trying to survive on these terribly low payments.  Nearly 4 in 5 of these are sole parents, mostly mothers.

Victoria

Over 180,000 Victorians rely on the inadequate payments for unemployed people, Newstart and Youth Allowance. More than 2 in 5 are aged over 45 years.  APW has estimated there are over 23,500 are families with about 35,300 children who have a parent who are trying to survive on these terribly low payments.  Nearly 4 in 5 of these are sole parents, mostly mothers.

Western Australia

Nearly 98,000 West Australians rely on the inadequate payments for unemployed people, Newstart and Youth Allowance. More than 2 in 5 are aged over 45 years.  APW has estimated there are over 12,700 families with about 19,000 children who have a parent who are trying to survive on these terribly low payments.  Nearly 4 in 5 of these are sole parents, mostly mothers.

Note: All data is based on DSS Demographics December 2018.  It assumes 13% are parents with dependent children which is the national percentage.  The average of 1.5 children per family is from the Answer to Question on Notice SQ19-000049.