People living with psychotic illness 2010

Appendix 10. Income and employment

Page last updated: November 2011

Disability Support Pension

On 1 July 2010, the Disability Support Pension for a single person aged at least 21 years, without children was $644.20 per fortnight, and $485.60 per fortnight if the person was one of a couple.37 With inclusion of pension supplements and Remote Area Allowances, payments could increase to $832.70 and $651.10 respectively.

For persons below pension age, the basic Disability Support Pension is non-taxable, as is the Remote Area Allowance, thus the gross and net income is equivalent for the persons described.

Labour force participation

The labour force participation rate is calculated as the proportion of the survey population working or actively seeking work during the reference period.

Unemployment rate

The unemployment rate is calculated as the proportion of the labour force actively seeking work during the reference period.

Appendix Table 10-1. Current net fortnightly income, all sources

Males
(%)
Females
(%)
18-34 years
(%)
35-64 years
(%)
Persons
(%)
Less than $300 per fortnight or missing
7.7
11.0
8.4
9.5
9.0
Between $300 - $499 per fortnight
11.8
11.0
15.9
8.2
11.5
Between $500 - $799 per fortnight
61.2
56.2
56.4
61.2
59.2
Between $800 - $1000 per fortnight
12.4
13.1
12.2
13.1
12.7
More than $1000 per fortnight
6.9
8.7
7.1
8.0
7.6
Total %
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Total respondents
1087
738
773
1052
1825
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Appendix Table 10-2. Sources of income

Males
(%)
Females
(%)
18-34 years
(%)
35-64 years
(%)
Persons
(%)
Any source of income (past year)
99.5
97.8
99.1
98.7
98.8
Main source of income is government pension (past year)
85.6
83.7
81.8
87.4
85.0
Disability Support Pension (past year)
75.4
68.6
62.2
80.3
72.7
Paid employment (past year)
33.6
31.3
40.4
27.0
32.7
Paid employment (current)
21.2
22.0
25.4
18.6
21.5

Appendix Table 10-3. Employment type in main employment in past year

Males
(%)
Females
(%)
18-34 years
(%)
35-64 years
(%)
Persons
(%)
Competitive full-time
35.6
15.2
32.7
22.2
27.7
Competitive part-time
37.0
63.2
50.6
43.3
47.1
Self-employed full-time
2.5
1.3
1.3
2.8
2.0
Self-employed part-time
3.0
9.5
2.9
8.5
5.5
Non-competitive full-time
1.1
0.4
0.6
1.1
0.8
Non-competitive part-time
20.0
10.4
11.2
21.8
16.3
Not known
0.8
0.0
0.6
0.4
0.5
Total %
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Total employed
365
231
312
284
596

Appendix Table 10-4. Occupation in main employment in past year

Males
(%)
Females
(%)
18-34 years
(%)
35-64 years
(%)
Persons
(%)
Manager
1.1
0.4
1.3
0.4
0.8
Professional
6.6
12.6
6.7
11.3
8.9
Technician and trades worker
14.2
3.5
11.5
8.5
10.1
Community and personal service worker
12.1
26.4
20.5
14.4
17.6
Clerical and administrative worker
4.1
14.7
6.4
10.2
8.2
Sales worker
6.0
14.3
11.2
7.0
9.2
Machinery operator and driver
7.4
1.3
5.1
4.9
5.0
Labourer
48.5
26.5
36.9
43.3
39.9
Not known
0.0
0.4
0.3
0.0
0.2
Total %
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Total employed
365
231
312
284
596
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Appendix Table 10-5. Hours per week in main employment in past year

Males (%)Females (%)18-34 years (%)35-64 years (%)Persons (%)
Mean
26
20
25
22
23
Median
24
16
24
16
20

Appendix Table 10-6. Satisfaction with hours per week in main employment in past year

Males (%)Females (%)18-34 years (%)35-64 years (%)Persons (%)
Satisfied
59.2
61.0
58.3
61.6
59.9
Prefer more hours
27.9
26.8
27.9
27.1
27.5
Prefer fewer hours
10.7
11.3
11.5
10.2
10.9
Not known
2.2
0.9
2.2
1.1
1.7
Total %
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Total employed
365
231
312
284
596

Appendix Table 10-7. Disclosure of mental illness to employer in past year

Appendix table 10-7 is presented as a list in this HTML version for accessibility reasons. It is presented as a table in the PDF version.

Proportion who disclosed mental illness to employer:
  • Males - 61.4%
  • Females - 48.1%
  • 18-34 years - 51.9%
  • 35-64 years - 60.9%
  • Persons - 56.2%

Appendix Table 10-8. Actively sought employment in past year

Appendix table 10-8 is presented as a list in this HTML version for accessibility reasons. It is presented as a table in the PDF version.

Proportion who actively sought employment in past year:
  • Males - 27.5%
  • Females - 26.0%
  • 18-34 years - 36.1%
  • 35-64 years - 20.25
  • Persons - 26.9%