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Trends in social security receipt among Indigenous Australians: Evidence from household surveys 1994-2015

Venn, Danielle; Biddle, Nicholas; Sanders, William

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This paper uses data from National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Surveys to examine trends in social security receipt among the Indigenous population between 1994 and 2014/15 as well as documenting the declining receipt of Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) wages. In non-remote areas, social security receipt among Indigenous Australians fell between 1994 and 2008 for both men and women. During this period of buoyant labour market conditions, falls in receipt of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorVenn, Danielle
dc.contributor.authorBiddle, Nicholas
dc.contributor.authorSanders, William
dc.contributor.otherAustralian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
dc.coverage.spatialAustralia
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-04T23:55:47Z
dc.date.available2020-06-04T23:55:47Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/204834
dc.description.abstractThis paper uses data from National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Surveys to examine trends in social security receipt among the Indigenous population between 1994 and 2014/15 as well as documenting the declining receipt of Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) wages. In non-remote areas, social security receipt among Indigenous Australians fell between 1994 and 2008 for both men and women. During this period of buoyant labour market conditions, falls in receipt of social security and CDEP wages were offset by increases in the proportion of people with non-CDEP wages as their main source of income. From 2008 to 2014/15, the level of social security receipt in non-remote areas was not significantly changed. The situation in remote areas is more complicated, as trends in social security receipt have been greatly influenced by the decline of the CDEP scheme. Overall, the proportion of Indigenous people in remote areas in receipt of either social security payments or CDEP wages was lower in 2014/15 than in 1994. However, the proportion receiving social security payments was similar in both years for women and significantly higher for men in 2014/15. Trends in social security receipt and the decline of the CDEP scheme contributed to strong income growth between 2002 and 2008, and then stagnating or even falling average incomes between 2008 and 2014/15.
dc.format24 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: Australian National University, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Paper (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University); No. 135/2020
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subject.lcshAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
dc.titleTrends in social security receipt among Indigenous Australians: Evidence from household surveys 1994-2015
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.identifier.absfor169902 - Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
local.publisher.urlhttp://caepr.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSanders, William, The Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
local.contributor.affiliationBiddle, Nicholas, The Australian National University. Centre for Social Research Methods (CSRM)
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5eda1f78674c3
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
local.mintdoimint
CollectionsANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)

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