Notes on the data: Income support

Young people aged 16 to 24 receiving an unemployment benefit, June 2017

Policy context: Unemployment and its accompanying health effects are not distributed evenly through the population. Unemployment rates in Australia are highest among young people, being over twice the rate for people aged 25 years and over, in the 15 to 24 year age group, and over three times for those aged 15 to 19 years [1]. The experience of unemployment harms a young person's financial and psychological wellbeing, and these effects are felt more severely by those who experience long-term unemployment [2]. Furthermore, those who experience unemployment while young are more likely to be unemployed, have poor health and have lower educational attainment when they are older, than those who are not affected by unemployment while young [2].


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery, Aug 2014 [Internet]. (ABS Cat. no. 6291.0.55.001). 2014 Sep 18 [cited 2014 Sep 29]. Available from:
  2. Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL). On the treadmill: young and long-term unemployed in Australia. Melbourne: BSL; 2014.

Notes: People receiving an ‘unemployment benefit' - which includes the Newstart Allowance (people aged 16 to 24 years) or Youth Allowance (other)1 paid by the Department of Human Services - are shown as proportion of the population aged 16 to 24 years.

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).

1 Youth Allowance (other) is largely comprised of unemployed people aged 16 to 21 looking for full-time work or undertaking approved activities, such as part-time study or training. It excludes Youth Allowance customers who are full-time students or undertaking an apprenticeship/ traineeship.

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

Numerator: People in receipt of a Newstart Allowance (persons aged 16 to 24 years) or Youth Allowance (other) from the Department of Human Services

Denominator: People aged 16 to 24 years

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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