Notes on the data: Income support

Seniors Health Card holders, June 2021

 

Policy context:  The Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (SHC) entitls older Australians to access cheaper prescription medicines, Australian government funded medical services, and certain other concessions [1]. To qualify for the SHC, a person must have reached Age Pension age but not qualify for a payment from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs; meet an income test (from 20 September 2020, earning no more than the following: $55,808 a year for a single person; $89,920 a year for couples; and $111,616 a year for couples separated by illness, respite care or prison; and be an Australian resident or have a special category visa.

References

  1. Australian Government Department of Human Services (DHS). Commonwealth Seniors Health Card [Internet] [cited 2018 Nov 16]. Available from: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/age-pension/eligibility
 

Notes:  The Seniors Health Card gives older Australians access to cheaper prescription medicines, Australian government funded medical services, and other government concessions. People eligible for a Seniors Health Card must have reached Age Pension age but do not qualify for a payment by Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The data excludes details of Pensioner Concession Card holders.

Population Health Area (PHA) data were derived from already suppressed Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) data. Therefore, if a PHA includes an SA2 with suppressed data, there could be an undercount of up to 4 people in the PHA.

State and territory totals were also provided in the source data. Data in the ‘Unknown’ data row in the Excel data workbooks are calculated from the difference between the sum of the PHA data and the State/Territory totals and include the sum of these suppressed SA2 cells.

Data cells with counts of less than five were suppressed (confidentialised).

 

Geography:

 

Numerator:  People in receipt of a Seniors Health Card from Centrelink

 

Denominator:  People aged 65 years and over at June 2020

 

Detail of analysis:  Per cent

 

Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on data from DSS Payment Demographic Data, June 2021, available from https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/dss-payment-demographic-data, accessed 16 August 2021, and Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population, 30 June 2020.

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