Notes on the data: Income support
Female sole parent pensioners, June 2014
Policy context: Sole parent families who are on income support are likely to be very socioeconomically disadvantaged, with 41% of sole parent households reporting high levels of financial stress - higher than for any other family type . Half (50%) of all sole parent family households depended on government pensions and allowances for their main income in 2009-10, and most had to make mortgage or rental payments from this income . These families continue to suffer high rates of relative income poverty, deprivation and financial stress related to low household income and net worth . Their opportunities for employment or further education and training may be further diminished if they are also caring for a child who has a disability.
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- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Household income, expenditure and wealth. In: ABS (ed.), Year book Australia 2012. (ABS Cat. no. 1301.0). Canberra: ABS; 2012.
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Notes: People eligible for a Parenting Payment (single) paid by Centrelink comprise female and male sole parents with at least one child under 16 years of age (who meet certain qualifications, or whose child attracts a child disability allowance). Only female sole parent pensioners have been mapped because females comprise the majority of sole parent pensioners.
Numerator: Females in receipt of a Parenting Payment (single) from Centrelink
Denominator: Females aged 15 to 54 years
Detail of analysis: Per cent
Source: Compiled by PHIDU based on data from the Department of Social Services, June 2014; and ABS Estimated Resident Population, 30 June 2013.