Social Security Payments for the Aged, People with Disabilities and Carers 1909 to 2010


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Dale Daniels - Social Policy Section

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Wives and Carers

Income support for Wives and Carers

It was not until 1943 that an allowance was introduced for dependent wives of invalid pensioners and disabled age pensioners. It was restricted to this narrow group initially because it was targeted at wives who were carers of disabled pensioners. In 1965 those wives who cared for dependent children were given eligibility. The payment was upgraded to a pension in 1972 when the wife's pension was introduced at the same rate and under similar conditions as age and invalid pensions. All wives were given eligibility because of their perceived dependent status without the need to be carers as well. By the nineties dependency based payments for adults were becoming something of an anachronism. Female labour force participation had grown rapidly. Payments were restructured across the board to emphasise individual eligibility as carers or jobseekers. In 1995 the wife pension was closed to new applicants. It and other dependency based payments began to be phased out. Over time all remaining wife pensioners will become age pensioners as they reach age pension age and the payment would cease to exist.

Modest assistance for people caring for children with disabilities was introduced in 1974. This assistance has gradually been modified so that it now provides assistance with the costs of care for carers of both children and adults with disabilities.

Income support explicitly for carers was introduced in 1983, initially for husbands caring for wives who were pensioners with disabilities. Wives caring for husbands were already entitled to the wife pension. Eligibility was soon extended to any live-in carer so that other relatives and non-relatives were covered. Eligibility has gradually been widened since the late eighties so that the payment has been made available for carers of any severely disabled person (of any age) whether they lived-in or not. The number of carer pensioners has increased as a result of this eligibility extension and the phasing out of payments such as wife pension.

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Wife's Allowance 1943 to 1972, Wife Pension from 1972

Commencement Date

Details

Government at Commencement

Original Enabling Legislation

Invalid and Old-Age Pensions Act 1943 (No 14 of 1943)

1943

From July a Wife's Allowance was payable to the wife of a man receiving Invalid Pension (IP) or Age Pension (AP) who was permanently incapacitated for work. She had to be his legal wife, be living with him and not receiving another pension. No age, character, nationality or length of residence requirements were imposed. The allowance could not be paid were the husband was in a benevolent asylum or psychiatric hospital. The rate of payment was 15 shillings per week and the pension means test applied. For details of the changes to the means test over time see the chapters on Age Pension or Invalid Pension above.

Curtin, ALP

1947

From June:

  • The allowance was payable to 'dependent females'. They were defined as a woman who had lived with a man as his wife on a permanent and bone fide domestic basis without being married for at least three years.
  • The allowance was payable where the husband was in a benevolent asylum provided the wife was at least 50 years of age or had custody of a child under 16 years of age.

Chifley, ALP

1963

From September the rate of allowance was increased to bring it into line with the additional benefit paid to the dependent wife of an unemployment or sickness beneficiary.

Menzies, LIB-CP

1965

From October eligibility was extended to the wife of any age or invalid pensioner where she had a child under 16 years of age.

Menzies, LIB-CP

1968

From September a wife allowance recipient whose husband died received the equivalent of his pension and her own allowance for twelve weeks after his death.

Gorton, LIB-CP

1972

From September Wife's Allowance was replaced by Wife Pension (WfP) which was paid at the married rate of pension and paid to the wife of an invalid or age pensioner if she was not qualified for a pension in her own right. The pension means test continued to apply.

McMahon, LIB-CP

1973

From December WfP paid to the wife of an age pensioner became subject to income tax.

Whitlam, ALP

1975

From October the de facto wife of an age or invalid pensioner no longer had to have lived with him for three years to be eligible for WfP.

Whitlam, ALP

1979

From October:

  • Eligibility for WfP was extended to women in benevolent homes, to women who had no children in their care and to women under 50 years of age whose pensioner husband was in a benevolent home. WfP could not be paid if either wife or husband were in a psychiatric hospital.
  • The standard single rate could be paid to a wife pensioner where she and her husband were indefinitely separated by illness.

Fraser, LIB-NCP

1980

From November WfP was payable to the wife of a pensioner in a psychiatric hospital.

Fraser, LIB-NCP

1981

From November WfP claimants had to be resident in and present in Australia at the time of claim for the pension.

Fraser, LIB-NCP

1987

From October residency requirements were changed to exclude temporary residents and prohibited non-citizens.

Hawke, ALP

1990

From January funeral benefit was replaced by a lump sum bereavement payment equivalent to 14 weeks pension payable to the surviving member of a pensioner couple.

From November a Pharmaceutical Allowance of $2.50 per week for a single pensioner and $1.25 for a married pensioner was introduced to compensate for the introduction of a $2.50 charge for each Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescription. The allowance was indexed annually and was tax-free.

Hawke, ALP

1991

From January people receiving or applying for WfP could be required to supply their tax file number and that of their spouse.

From November women aged less than 21 years without children were not eligible for WfP.

Hawke, ALP

1995

From July WfP was to be phased out. No new grants were made.

Keating, ALP

1996

From July pensioners were eligible for advance payments of pension of between $250 and $500 to assist with living or capital expenses.

Howard, LIB-NPA

1997

From September the rate of the single pension was maintained at a level equal to or greater than the annualised original, all males, total average weekly earnings figure (MTAWE). If the rate after indexation in March and September was less than the MTAWE then it was raised to that level.

Howard, LIB-NPA

1999

From July 1999 pensions were paid fortnightly in arrears. Payment could be on any day of the week rather than on the same Thursday for everyone.

Howard, LIB-NPA

2000

From July the rate of the pension was increased as part of a package of measures to compensate for the impact of the introduction of the GST. A pension supplement equivalent to four per cent of the maximum rate at July 2000 was paid to all pensioners. Indexation provisions were adjusted so that half of this four per cent increase would effectively be an advance on whatever rate increase occurred in March 2001. The increased rate was provided as a supplement so that it would not be included when the pension rate was adjusted in line with the benchmark of 25 per cent of MTAWE. This ensured that the maximum rate of pension plus the supplement would always be somewhat more than 25 per cent of MTAWE.

Howard, LIB-NPA

2007 From August pensions could be subject to income management in the Northern Territory and Cape York. Income management involved the diversion of 50 per cent of a person's income support into an account that could only be drawn on to pay for priority needs, such as food, clothes and rent. Howard, LIB-NPA
2009

In September the maximum single rate was increased by $30 per week.

From September the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index was used to adjust pension rates in september and march each year, where it produced a larger increase than the Consumer Price Index.

Rudd, ALP
2010   Rudd, ALP

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Handicapped Child's Allowance 1974 to 1987, Child Disability Allowance 1987 to 1999 and Carer Allowance from 1999

Commencement Date

Details

Government at Commencement

Original Enabling Legislation

Social Services Act (No 3) 1974 (No. 9 of 1974)

1974

From December Handicapped Child's Allowance (HCA) of $10 per week was introduced for parents or guardians caring for severely handicapped children under the age of 16 years who were at home and in need of constant care and attention on a permanent or long-term basis. The allowance was not taxable, nor was it subject to an income test.

Whitlam, ALP

1977

From November eligibility for HCA was extended to persons caring for children who were substantially, rather than severely, handicapped. The rate of HCA for substantially handicapped children was not fixed and was to be set at the discretion of the Director-General of the DSS, but was not to exceed the rate of HCA payable in respect of a severely-handicapped child. This allowance was subject to an income test, but was not taxable.

Fraser, LIB-NCP

1978

From October:

  • HCA was extended to include dependent full-time students aged 16 to 24 years except where the child was in receipt of an invalid pension.
  • HCA ceased to be payable for children outside Australia in most cases.

Fraser, LIB-NCP

1979

From May HCA was paid on a monthly rather than a weekly basis. The new equivalent rate was $65 per month.

Fraser, LIB-NCP

1982

From June recipients of HCA were required to notify the DSS within 14 days of the child's absence from the private abode.

From October HCA could continue to be paid where students left school and were seeking employment, up to the time they received unemployment benefits, or found work or otherwise ceased to qualify for HCA.

Fraser, LIB-NCP

1983

From March a rehabilitation allowance was introduced. Parents of full-time students receiving this allowance ceased to be eligible to receive HCA for those students.

Fraser, LIB-NCP

1985

From November a child attracting HCA could be absent for up to 28 days per year before HCA would cease to be paid for that child.

Hawke, ALP

1987

From November child disability allowance (CDA) replaced HCA. The old distinction between handicapped and severely handicapped was removed and the new allowance was payable at the rate of $122 per month.

Hawke, ALP

1990

From January CDA became subject to yearly indexation in line with movements in the CPI for the preceding financial year.

Hawke, ALP

1991

From August where a child died the person receiving CDA was eligible for special assistance in the form of continued payment of CDA for four weeks.

Hawke, ALP

1992

In January the rate of CDA was increased by $2.15 above the normal indexation rise.

Hawke, ALP

1993

From January eligibility for CDA did not automatically give eligibility for Basic Family Payment.

Keating, ALP

1997

From March a two year waiting period was introduced for newly arrived residents.

Howard, LIB-NPA

1998

From July CDA assessment was reformed with the introduction of the Child Disability Assessment Tool (CDAT). The tool was a questionnaire for parents and doctors that assessed age-related functional ability. Behaviour and special care needs.

Howard, LIB-NPA

1999

From July CDA was merged with the Domiciliary Nursing Care Benefit (DNCB) to form a new Carer Allowance (CA). CA was payed to people caring for a child or an adult with a disability. DNCB had been administered by the Department of Health and Aged Care.

Howard, LIB-NPA

2000

From July the rate of CA was increased as part of the compensation package for the introduction of the GST.

Howard, LIB-NPA

2004

In June a one-off payment of $600 was paid to all carers receiving CA.

From September carers who did not live in the same private home as the care receiver became eligible for CA if they provided at least 20 hours of care per week and were not paid award wages for that care.

Howard, LIB-NPA

2005 In June a one-off payment of $600 was paid to all carers receiving CA. Howard, LIB-NPA
2006

In June a one-off payment of $600 was paid to all carers receiving CA.

From July CA could only be backdated for 12 weeks prior to the date the claim was lodged. Previously the CA could be backdated for up to 52 weeks where children were being cared for and 26 weeks in the case of adults being cared for.

Howard, LIB-NPA
2007

In June a one-off payment of $600 for each person cared for was paid to all carers receiving CA.

From July a lump sum annual payment of $1000 was introduced for all CA recipients, for each child under the age of 16 years that they received CA for.

Howard, LIB-NPA
2008

In June a one-off payment of $600 for each person cared for was paid to all carers receiving CA.

Rudd, ALP
2009 From July a carer who qualified for CP as a result of caring for a child, automatically qualified for Carer Allowance. Rudd, ALP
2010

From July an assessment tool (the Child Disability Care Load Assessment Determination 2009) used to determine the level of care required by a child was introduced to replace the previous tool (the Child Disability Assessment Tool) which had looked at the functional level of the child.

A carer could remain eligible for CA for 3 months after the child reached 16 years of age.

Rudd, ALP

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Table 1: Maximum Rates of Handicapped Child's Allowance, Child Disability Allowance and Carer Allowance, from 1974

Month of effect

Rate

 

($ per week)

12/74

10.00

11/76

15.00

 

($ per month)

05/79

65.00

10/80

73.00

10/82

85.00

10/86

92.00

11/87

112.00

 

($ per fortnight)

12/88

48.00

07/89

51.70

01/90

55.60

01/91

59.90

01/92

61.90

01/93

67.00

01/94

68.30

01/95

69.50

01/96

72.60

01/97

74.90

01/98

75.10

01/99

75.60

01/00

76.40

07/00

79.50

01/01

82.00

01/02

85.30

01/03

87.70

01/04

90.10

01/05
92.40
01/06
94.70
01/07
98.50
01/08
100.60
01/09
105.10
01/10
106.70

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Spouse Carer's Pension 1983 to 1985, Carer Pension 1985 to 1997, Carer Payment from 1997

Commencement Date

Details

Government at Commencement

Original Enabling Legislation

Social Security Legislation Amendment Act 1983 (No. 69 of 1983)

1983

From December a Spouse Carer's Pension (CP) was introduced. It was payable to the husband of a severely handicapped age or invalid pensioner or rehabilitation allowee who required constant care and attention either permanently or for an extended period. The care had to be provided by the husband in person and in the matrimonial home. The husband could only receive CP if he was ineligible for age, invalid or service pension. The rates and conditions were the same as for Wife Pension (WfP).

Hawke, ALP

1985

From November this payment was renamed Carer's Pension and made available to anyone caring for a severely handicapped relative who was an age or invalid pensioner. The care had to be provided by the carer in person and the carer had to live in the home of the handicapped relative.

Hawke, ALP

1987

From October CP was payable only to people resident in Australia. Residency requirements were changed to exclude temporary residents and prohibited non-citizens.

Hawke, ALP

1988

From February CP could be paid to a carer who was not a relative of the person being cared for. The requirement that constant care and attention was necessary was removed. It was replaced by a stricter requirement that personal care in connection with bodily functions (including eating, toileting and medication) or that constant supervision to prevent injury to the person or others was required.

Hawke, ALP

1990

From January funeral benefit was replaced by a lump sum bereavement payment equivalent to 14 weeks pension payable to the surviving member of a pensioner couple or the carer pensioner upon the death of the person cared for. When a single pensioner died one fortnight's payment was payed to their estate.

From November a Pharmaceutical Allowance of $2.50 per week for a single pensioner and $1.25 for a married pensioner was introduced to compensate for the introduction of a $2.50 charge for each Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescription. The allowance was indexed annually and was tax-free.

Hawke, ALP

1991

From January:

  • CP was made available to people caring for a severely handicapped person in receipt of any income support payment. Carers who lived in neighbouring dwellings to those in which the person they cared for lived were also made eligible for CP.
  • People receiving or applying for CP could be required to supply their tax file number and that of their spouse.

Hawke, ALP

1993

From July:

  • Eligibility for CP was extended to people caring for a person who would have qualified for a DSS payment had they satisfied the residence requirements
  • Carers were allowed to cease care for a total of 42 days in a calender year (up from 28) and still be eligible for CP. They were also allowed to travel overseas during the periods when they were not giving caring
  • Carers were allowed to participate in employment, education or training for up to ten hours per week
  • Carers were allowed to accompany the person being cared for overseas for up to three months without losing entitlement

From September pensioners with partners in gaol or psychiatric confinement were paid at the single rate.

Keating, ALP

1995

From September an employment entry payment of $100 and an education entry payment of $200 were introduced for CP recipients.

Keating, ALP

1996

From March:

  • CP was paid for 14 weeks after the permanent institutionalisation of the person who had been receiving care.
  • CP was payable where the person receiving care was not receiving a social security payment.
  • The carer was no longer required to live in the same house or in an adjacent house to the person being cared for.

From July carer pensioners were eligible for advance payments of pension of between $250 and $500 to assist with living or capital expenses.

Howard, LIB-NPA

1997

From July:

  • CP was renamed Carer Payment.
  • The number of hours that a carer could spend in employment, voluntary work, education, or training was extended from 10 to 20 hours per week.
  • The number of days that a carer may temporarily cease caring in a calender year increased from 42 to 52.

From September the rate of the single pension was maintained at a level equal to or greater than the annualised original, all males, total average weekly earnings figure (MTAWE). If the rate after indexation in March and September was less than the MTAWE then it was raised to that level.

Howard, LIB-NPA

1998

From January the employment entry payment was abolished.

From July:

  • Eligibility for CP was extended to people caring for profoundly disabled children under 16 years of age.
  • Eligibility for CP was extended to people caring for two or more disabled children under 16 years of age.
  • Carers were to be able to cease caring for up to 63 days in a calender year and still qualify for CP

Howard, LIB-NPA

1999

From July 1999 the pension was paid fortnightly in arrears. Payment could be on any day of the week rather than on the same Thursday for everyone.

Howard, LIB-NPA

 

An improved system of measuring the care needs of care recipients called the Adult Disability Assessment Tool (ADAT) was introduced.

Eligibility for CP was extended to situations where the care recipient was hospitalised for up to 63 days in a calender year and the carer was actively involved in a treatment plan aimed at returning the care recipient to the home of the carer. Eligibility was also to continue where the care recipient was hospitalised with a terminal illness.

Eligibility for CP was extended to people caring for an adult with a disability and for that adult's young (zero to five years) or disabled child. A lower score on the ADAT was required for the adult being cared for than would otherwise have been the case.

Howard, LIB-NPA

2000

From July the rate of the pension was increased as part of a package of measures to compensate for the impact of the introduction of the GST. A pension supplement equivalent to four per cent of the maximum rate at July 2000 was paid to all pensioners. Indexation provisions were adjusted so that half of this four per cent increase would effectively be an advance on whatever rate increase occurred in March 2001. The increased rate was provided as a supplement so that it would not be included when the pension rate was adjusted in line with the benchmark of 25 per cent of MTAWE. This ensured that the maximum rate of pension plus the supplement would always be somewhat more than 25 per cent of MTAWE.

Howard, LIB-NPA

2004

In June a one-off payment of $1000 was paid to all recipients of Carer Payment.

Howard, LIB-NPA
2005

In June a one-off payment of $1000 was paid to all recipients of Carer Payment.

From April the number of hours that a carer could spend in work, training or study was increased from 20 to 25 hours per week.

Howard, LIB-NPA
2006

In June a one-off payment of $1000 was paid to all recipients of Carer Payment.

From July eligibility for CP was extended to carers of children with severe intellectual, psychiatric or behavioural disabilities who required constant care or supervision.

From 20 September the seasonal worker preclusion period was extended to CP. This preclusion period delays payment to take account of high seasonal work earnings.

Howard, LIB-NPA
2007

In June a one-off payment of $1000 was paid to all recipients of CP.

From August pensions could be subject to income management in the Northern Territory and Cape York. Income management involved the diversion of 50 per cent of a person's income support into an account that could only be drawn on to pay for priority needs, such as food, clothes and rent.

Howard, LIB-NPA
2008

In June a one-off payment of $1000 was paid to all recipients of CP.

 

Rudd, ALP
2009

From July the definition of ‘member of a couple’ was changed to include same-sex couples.

A new assessment tool was introduced (the Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) Determination) to assess the level of care required by a child. it replaced a more restrictive assessment based on medical criteria.

A carer who qualified for CP as a result of caring for a child was automatically qualified for Carer Allowance.

A carer continued to qualify for CP while a care receiver who was a child was in hospital for an unlimited number of days during any calender year.

In September the maximum single rate was increased by $30 per week.

From September the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index was used to adjust pension rates in september and march each year, where it produced a larger increase than the Consumer Price Index.

Rudd, ALP
2010 From March the 25 per cent of average weekly earnings benchmark used to ensure that single pension rates kept pace with earnings growth, was adjusted to take account of the September 2009 increase in the pension rate. The new benchmark was set for the combined couple rate at 41.76 per cent of Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE). the single rate was benchmarked at 66.33 per cent of the combined couple rate (effectively 27.7 per cent of MTAWE). Rudd, ALP

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Table 2: Numbers of Recipients of Selected Payments, from 1910

At June

Age Pension

Disability Support Pension (a)

Wife Pension

Sheltered Employment Allowance

Carer Allowance (b)

Rehab Allowance

Carer Payment

Mobility Allowance

1910

65 492

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1911

75 502

7 451

-

-

-

-

-

-

1912

79 071

10 763

-

-

-

-

-

-

1913

82 943

13 739

-

-

-

-

-

-

1914

87 780

16 865

-

-

-

-

-

-

1915

90 892

20 417

-

-

-

-

-

-

1916

91 783

23 439

-

-

-

-

-

-

1917

93 672

28 274

-

-

-

-

-

-

1918

95 387

31 905

-

-

-

-

-

-

1919

95 969

34 138

-

-

-

-

-

-

1920

99 170

37 551

-

-

-

-

-

-

1921

102 415

40 562

-

-

-

-

-

-

1922

105 096

41 821

-

-

-

-

-

-

1923

107 389

42 909

-

-

-

-

-

-

1924

113 054

47 375

-

-

-

-

-

-

1925

117 516

49 837

-

-

-

-

-

-

1926

126 918

53 752

-

-

-

-

-

-

1927

133 234

57 223

-

-

-

-

-

-

1928

139 367

60 448

-

-

-

-

-

-

1929

145 393

64 334

-

-

-

-

-

-

1930

155 196

68 540

-

-

-

-

-

-

1931

172 177

73 805

-

-

-

-

-

-

1932

183 317

77 476

-

-

-

-

-

-

1933

176 425

77 583

-

-

-

-

-

-

1934

187 453

78 041

-

-

-

-

-

-

1935

197 126

81 872

-

-

-

-

-

-

1936

206 748

85 661

-

-

-

-

-

-

1937

215 690

88 561

-

-

-

-

-

-

1938

224 154

91 240

-

-

-

-

-

-

1939

232 836

94 032

-

-

-

-

-

-

1940

272 896

63 911

-

-

-

-

-

-

1941

276 760

64 379

-

-

-

-

-

-

1942

275 456

65 874

-

-

-

-

-

-

1943

267 239

63 918

-

-

-

-

-

-

1944

257 186

62 793

7 301

-

-

-

-

-

1945

252 634

63 148

8 527

-

-

-

-

-

1946

264 826

67 818

9 591

-

-

-

-

-

1947

290 173

73 528

10 648

-

-

-

-

-

1948

302 854

78 515

11 750

-

-

-

-

-

1949

321 327

81 695

12 477

-

-

-

-

-

1950

334 923

78 869

12 720

-

-

-

-

-

1951

342 806

74 562

12 100

-

-

-

-

-

1952

352 049

73 588

11 466

-

-

-

-

-

1953

374 791

76 541

11 593

-

-

-

-

-

1954

397 784

80 195

12 362

-

-

-

-

-

1955

425 556

84 630

12 555

-

-

-

-

-

1956

446 207

89 019

12 566

-

-

-

-

-

1957

465 781

88 236

12 837

-

-

-

-

-

1958

496 757

77 451

12 044

-

-

-

-

-

1959

513 789

83 853

12 469

-

-

-

-

-

1960

538 022

80 616

12 952

-

-

-

-

-

1961

562 790

88 642

13 559

-

-

-

-

-

1962

594 012

97 246

14 372

-

-

-

-

-

1963

607 350

104 038

15 390

-

-

-

-

-

1964

615 186

109 725

16 101

-

-

-

-

-

1965

628 100

107 473

16 305

-

-

-

-

-

1966

636 984

106 645

17 318

-

-

-

-

-

1967

651 363

112 314

18 670

-

-

-

-

-

1968

682 265

114 745

18 818

309

-

-

-

-

1969

705 311

121 744

20 180

488

-

-

-

-

1970

779 007

133 766

22 873

718

-

-

-

-

1971

807 711

134 075

22 998

776

-

-

-

-

1972

832 693

138 818

23 690

923

-

-

-

-

1973

931 812

149 609

40 557

1 080

-

-

-

-

1974

1 027 582

156 783

47 399

1 098

-

-

-

-

1975

1 097 225

168 784

50 817

2 762

13 037

-

-

-

1976

1 158 657

183 787

59 480

5 246

16 450

-

-

-

1977

1 205 347

202 963

68 849

5 813

18 820

-

-

-

1978

1 264 778

204 944

77 767

6 036

21 220

-

-

-

1979

1 292 476

219 843

86 470

7 034

23 748

-

-

-

1980

1 321 926

229 219

91 006

7 597

25 371

-

-

-

1981

1 347 430

221 951

86 637

8 339

25 998

-

-

-

1982

1 367 035

216 649

82 615

8 913

25 873

-

-

-

1983

1 390 838

220 289

84 149

9 342

26 693

2 390

-

3 935

1984

1 358 129

240 574

91 190

9 597

27 192

3 322

1 721

9 480

1985

1 331 782

259 162

97 756

9 974

28 154

3 444

2 712

10 946

1986

1 324 600

273 810

103 382

10 349

29 074

3 227

5 020

11 420

1987

1 322 174

289 050

109 327

10 555

29 486

2 887

6 497

12 120

1988

1 328 814

296 913

110 664

10 669

32 071

2 143

7 393

12 641

1989

1 334 310

307 795

113 296

10 435

34 671

2 063

8 010

12 756

1990

1 340 468

306 713

115 695

10 124

37 746

2 211

8 796

13 207

1991

1 375 849

334 234

121 933

10 148

42 405

3 574

10 161

13 444

1992

1 446 168

378 558

133 194

-

50 797

1 939

12 631

13 911

1993

1 515 682

406 572

142 013

-

61 174

579

15 045

16 160

1994

1 581 874

436 234

152 620

-

69 693

153

17 699

20 795

1995

1 578 698

464 430

161 457

-

78 898

34

20 098

22 851

1996

1 602 834

499 235

148 931

-

90 644

17

25 037

24 985

1997

1 680 214

527 514

127 885

-

95 520

8

29 558

26 595

1998

1 682 618

553 336

116 125

-

90 830

-

33 979

28 975

1999

1 715 792

577 682

100 728

-

100 452

-

40 070

31 001

2000

1 738 256

602 280

91 455

-

194 887

-

47 550

35 154

2001

1 793 580

623 926

77 805

-

246 337

-

57 190

37 574

2002

1 818 205

658 915

68 061

-

267 051

-

67 260

41 997

2003

1 861 055

673 334

58 110

-

293 510

-

75 937

44 562

2004
1 876 250
696 742
52 911
-
291 380
-
84 082
47 402
2005
1 915 036
706 800
45 169
-
332 256
-
95 446
49  215
2006
1 922 129
712 163
40 881
-
366 960
-
105 058
52 652
2007
1 952 686
714 156
35 273
-
393 263
-
116 614
54 942
2008
2 039 305
732 367
31 950
-
422 905
-
130 657
55 299
2009
2 117 530
757 118
27 437
-
461 086
-
148 870
56 080
2010
2 160 000
792 581
24 655
-
495 733
-
168 913
57 349

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Notes:

(a) includes Invalid pensioners 1910 to 1991 and institutional pensioners 1917 to 1956.
(b) shows children allowance paid for 1974 to 1981. Shows adult allowees from 1982.


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