When you’re looking for information on how your benefit is being spent on your food stamps, you’ve probably found yourself in a confusing situation.
The Federal Government recently released a report that found the average Australian household spend $13.13 on food stamps each month, with $5.86 per week going towards groceries, with another $5 per week for the cost of transport.
While it’s true the average person spends $13 on their food stamps a month, it can be difficult to compare these figures with other major countries.
To help answer that, News.au has put together a handy guide to help you understand the food stamp program, including how much food stamps are actually spent on each person, and how much money goes into food stamps for each person.
The food stamp system is overseen by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and covers about 12.7 million Australians.
Food stamps are paid out to people who have a minimum weekly income of $10,000 and can be spent on a variety of food products.
The average household spend on food stamp spending per month is $1,638 per person, with a high of $6,942 for people over 65.
Food stamp spending by incomeThe average Australian households income is about $57,400 a year, and the average food stamp benefit is about a third of that.
However, the number of people receiving food stamps can be highly variable.
For example, in 2016, about 2.1 million Australians were receiving food stamp payments and more than 8,000 people received benefits on the basis of a single job.
However, if you’re one of the many people receiving a single food stamp payment, the average income of your household could change significantly.
For instance, the Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that in 2017-18, the median income for the country’s households was $55,000, while the average monthly food stamp bill was $3,946.
The data also shows that the number and size of households receiving food assistance is also highly variable, with people receiving more than three times as much as others.
The main types of food stamp recipientsPeople receiving food support from the food assistance program include people receiving it for a single, short-term job or for a disability or illness, or receiving it in conjunction with another program.
This includes:Those receiving food for a long-term disability or an illness that requires them to work, and those receiving food to help them maintain their physical, mental and emotional healthA person receiving food in order to help their child or partner gain access to a primary school, community group or primary school or vocational trainingA person who is receiving food because of a family emergency, including a child’s illness, severe illness, injury or deathA person getting food because they are homeless or on the doleIf you are a single person receiving a food stamp, you may be eligible for one of two different types of benefits.
If you receive food stamps because of severe illness or a disability, you can be eligible to receive up to $10 per week of food assistance in a lump sum, or up to a maximum of $25 per week per person.
This means that you may need to apply to the Department for a lump-sum food assistance payment, which will usually be less than $1 per week.
If your benefit has been reduced due to a job loss or because you are on a workfare program, you will not be eligible and you will be eligible only for a partial benefit.
The amount of food you receive depends on the food you have on you and the food items you consume, as well as how much you spend on your own food.
To find out how much of your food you can receive, the following table shows how much your food and food expenses are:The amount you need to spend to be eligible is the amount you will need to live on to get the maximum amount of benefit.
For more information on food assistance, visit the AAPA website.
What your food will costYou’ll need to provide your current and previous food expenditure data, your monthly and annual income and your current unemployment rate.
You will also need to submit your application to the department for a food assistance cheque.
If all your income is below the eligibility threshold, your food assistance will be reduced.
For those who have recently received benefits, they may have had to pay for the benefits themselves.
If the income you’re receiving is higher than the minimum eligibility level, you might have to pay more for your food.
For information on your eligibility, you’ll need:A jobseeker’s allowanceYour income will be shown on your income tax returnYour fortnightly and annual food stamp costYou will have to submit a statement from your employer showing that the amount of your weekly food assistance has been spent on food items such as:Breakfast cereals such as cereal, crackers and