In September 2012 there were
330 406 people receiving Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance (other). Of these, 182 417 were long-term recipients – an increase of 0.1 per cent on the previous month – and 147 989 were short-term recipients – a decrease of 0.4 per cent on the previous month.
All states and territories expect New South Wales and Queensland (both down 0.7 per cent on the previous month) experienced an increase in the numbers of people receiving these benefits when compared with the previous month. The largest increase came from Tasmania – up 2.1 per cent – and the smallest increase was in the Northern Territory – up 0.1 per cent.
Compared with September 2011, there were 30 943 more people on these benefits, an increase of 10.3 per cent.
Since the high of 427 537 in July 2009, the numbers of people receiving these benefits has decreased by 22.7 per cent.
What is measured
Newstart Allowance is paid to eligible unemployed people aged
21 years and over. These people need to be actively seeking and be willing to work or be actively improving their prospects of becoming employed.
Youth Allowance has replaced Austudy, some categories of Newstart Allowance, Youth Training Allowance, Sickness Allowance and parts of the Family Payment.
Recipients of Youth Allowance can be divided into three components—full-time students receiving youth allowance; apprentices receiving youth allowance; and other people receiving youth allowance. Those counted in these statistics are people in this final, other, category.
Related statistics in this bulletin
- 1.2 Unemployment
- 1.4 Long-term unemployment
- 1.5 Youth unemployment
- 1.6 ANZ job advertisements
- ABS, Australian labour market statistics, Cat. no. 6105.0