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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2010) . . Page.. 2615 ..


(11) How many children, on average, does each family referred to in part (9) have and how many of these children are in childcare.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. In 2007-08 there were 25,817 households on lower incomes in the ACT. The Source of information was the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) product ‘Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia 2007-08’, A customised query was performed by ABS staff as household data are not published for the ACT. The number, based on survey data has a Relative Standard Error of 13.06%. Low income for the purposes of this response was interpreted as relating to the second and third deciles of equivalised disposable income. The first decile was not used as it contains unusual data including negative values, typically from wealthier people reporting low incomes for taxation purposes. This definition is used on advice from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The second and third decile relates to people with a mean weekly income of $551.00. For this answer 'Family' was interpreted as a Household unit.

2. Low income families with children in childcare is data collected by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

3. The information required is too broad to respond to the members question.

4. See above (3)

5. In 2007-08 there were 24,532 households in the ACT in the middle income range, as measured by the third quintile of equivalised disposable income. The source for this data was a customised query performed by ABS staff on the dataset, as household data are not published for the ACT. The number, based on survey data has a Relative Standard Error of 10.1%.

6. This information is collected by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

7. For the purpose of this response, the concept of single income was defined as relating to families with children, where there is one income earner. This includes, sole parent families where the parent works and two parent families where one parent is unemployed/not working. This definition is largely consistent with Australian Government definitions used for determining payments for the ‘single-income family bonus’, although it excludes those families where one parent works part-time. Using this definition, at the 2006 census there were 17,129 single income families in the ACT. This represented approximately 33% of all families with children. The source of this information is ABS published census tables from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, ABS product 2068.0.

8. Low income families with children in childcare is data collected by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

9. Using the same definition of single income families as question 7, there were 1,773 single income families in the gross family income range of $1-$649. The source of this information is ABS published census tables from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, ABS product 2068.0.

10. The information required is too broad to respond to the members question.


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