Notes on the data: Income support

Pensioner Concession Card holders, June 2020


Policy context:  Entitlement to an Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) is used here as a proxy for low socioeconomic status. People who hold a PCC include those in receipt of a number of pension and benefit types, with the largest group being those who are receiving the Age Pension. Other groups include people with disabilities, carers and sole parents. As PCC cardholders have some of the lowest incomes in the population they are also likely to have poorer health. Compared with those who have social and economic advantages, disadvantaged Australians are more likely to have shorter lives, experience higher levels of disease risk factors and use fewer preventive health services [1].


  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Australia’s health 2008. (AIHW Cat. no. AUS 99). Canberra: AIHW; 2008.

Notes:  You can get a card if you get any of the following payments:

  • Age Pension
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance and are single, caring for a dependent child and looking for work
  • Parenting Payment single.

The data excludes details of Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders.

Data cells with counts of less than five were suppressed (confidentialised). Therefore, the figures can be undercounted by up to 4 people if one of the cells at the SA2 level comprising a PHA or LGA is confidentialised. Data in the ‘Unknown’ data row in the Excel data workbooks are calculated from the difference between the sum of the PHA or LGA data to the State/Territory totals and include the sum of these suppressed cells.


Geography: Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, Quintile and Remoteness Area

Numerator:  People in receipt of a Pensioner Concession Card from the Department of Human Services


Denominator:  People aged 15 years and over


Detail of analysis:  Per cent


Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on data from the Department of Social Services, June 2020; and PHIDU estimated population, 30 June 2020.


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