0.8 Family economic situation

Reliance on income support is often associated with long-term poverty and social exclusion.

The extent and duration of income support varies across households; some receive income support for relatively short periods, while others are reliant for a longer duration. In general, the highest level of reliance is found among lone parents with dependent children, where childrearing responsibilities often limit their ability to gain employment.

In the data provided, 'contribution' refers to the contribution of government pensions and allowances to gross household income.

For all indicator displays, where all years of data are comparable over time an ‘All’ category will be provided as an option in the ‘Year’ drop down display. If only a selection of specific years are comparable, these years (e.g. 2017 to 2019) will be provided as an option under ‘Year’ and ‘All’ will not be an option. See the footnotes for this indicator in the supplementary tables hyperlink below for further information.

See the supplementary table for this indicator for further information and footnotes about these data.

Indicator technical specifications

The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the quick reference guide.

National Framework Indicator 0.8 Family economic situation: Proportion of households with children aged 0-14 years where at least 50% of gross household income is from government pensions and allowances
  Definition Data source
Numerator Number of households with children aged 0-14 years where at least 50% of gross household income is from government pensions and allowances ABS Survey of Income and Housing
Denominator Number of households with children aged 0-14 years in the reference period ABS Survey of Income and Housing

Explanatory notes

Data from the ABS Survey of Income and Housing are collected from usual residents of private dwellings in urban and rural areas of Australia, excluding very remote areas.

Households are included where the youngest dependent child is aged 0-14 years.

Government pensions and allowances are income support payments from government to persons under social security and related government programs. Included are pensions and allowances that aged, disabled, unemployed and sick persons receive; payments for families and children, veterans or their survivors; and study allowances for students.

See the supplementary table for this indicator for further information and footnotes about these data.