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Rate of poverty by social security payment received by ‘income support households’ in 2019-20, and change in poverty

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The graph above shows poverty rates and numbers of people in poverty among people in households mainly reliant on income support payments (‘income support households’). Across all income support payments, these poverty rates averaged 1,453,000 people.
The highest poverty rates among people in ‘income support households’ were for those receiving Newstart Allowance/JobSeeker Payment (323,000 people) or Parenting Payment (320,000), followed by Disability Support Pension (311,000) Carer Payment (82,000), Youth Allowance (21,000) and Age Pension (396,000).
Altogether, almost one and a half million (1,453,000) of all people in poverty were in ‘income support households’.
Poverty declined by 341,000 people among people in ‘income support households’.
Poverty in ‘income support households’ relying on Newstart Allowance / JobSeeker Payment fell by 262,000 people, and for those on Parenting Payment it fell by 128,000 people.
Reductions in poverty were less dramatic for ‘income support households’ relying on Age Pension (94,000 people) and Carer Payment (4,000 people), while poverty increased slightly among those relying on Disability Support Pension (14,000 people).

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