Take-up of Family Income Supplement in 1986 - A Research Note Whiteford, Peter en_US Doyle, Jennifer en_US 2021-11-25T12:33:10Z 2021-11-25T12:33:10Z 1991 en_US
dc.description.abstract The issue of take-up of means-tested benefits is of long standing concern in social policy debates. This paper analyses take-up of Family Income Supplement (FIS) using the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 1986 Income Distribution Survey (IDS). Although FIS was replaced by the Family Allowance Supplement in 1987, the IDS is the most recently available data source that can be used to estimate take-up levels and identify possible factors that may explain take-up of similar benefits. This paper estimates take-up by comparing the number and characteristics of persons who said they were currently receiving FIS at the time of the survey with the number whose current income and family characteristics appeared to make them eligible for FIS. Although estimates of take-up are quite low and raise a number of concerns about the effectiveness of income-tested supplements in reaching the groups they are intended to assist, the main conclusion of the paper is that results using IDS data should only be regarded as approximations. It is suggested that an appropriate approach to understanding and analysing take-up of FAS in the future may involve a survey specially designed to monitor take-up. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 0733401295 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1447-8978 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SPRC Discussion Paper en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Family Income Supplement en_US
dc.subject.other Australia en_US
dc.title Take-up of Family Income Supplement in 1986 - A Research Note en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 29 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Whiteford, Peter en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Doyle, Jennifer, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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