Notes on the data: Income support

Pensioner Concession Card holders, June 2017


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:  People eligible for a Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) issued by Department of Human Services comprise those aged 15 years and over who receive one of the following payments: Age Pension; Bereavement Allowance; Carer Payment (adult); Carer Payment (child); Disability Support Pension; Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance (job seeker) if single and caring for a dependent child; or Parenting Payment (single). People aged 60 years and over may receive a PCC if they have been receiving income support payments for more than nine months and receive: Newstart Allowance; Parenting Payment (partnered); Partner Allowance; Sickness Allowance; Special Benefit; or Widow Allowance. People may also be eligible for a PCC if they have a partial capacity to work and are receiving any of the following payments: Newstart Allowance; Parenting Payment (partnered); and Youth Allowance (job seeker).

The data excludes details of Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders.

PHA data may be the sum of freely available SA2 data if the publication of PHA data could reveal the value of confidentialised cells at the SA2 level. For these indicators, the number of people receiving this payment may be undercounted by up to four persons or either persons if two indicators are added together such as total unemployment which is the sum of Newstart and Youth allowance.

Data cells with less than 5 counts were removed (confidentialised).


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

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 2017; and ABS Estimated Resident Population, 30 June 2017.


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