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Impact of the Governments Plan for a New Tax System on Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities Report Prepared by ATSIC January 1999 The Allen Consulting Group



Impact of the Governments Plan for a New Tax System on Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities Report Prepared by ATSIC January 1999 The Allen Consulting Group

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I m p a c t o f a N e w T a x S y s t e m o n R u r a l a n d R e m o t e I n d i g e n o u s C o m m u n i t i e s Appendix I Survey Process & Results The primary source of data for this report was a survey conducted in early January 1999 on behalf of ATSIC. This survey was conducted on a sample o f Indigenous households that were defined as rural, semi-rural, and remote. The areas surveyed were Katherine NT, Kalano NT, Wugularr NT, Balgo WA, Billiluna WA and Derby WA. The survey was split into two parts: Part 1: A questionnaire filled out by individual households that detailed sources of income, and shares of expenditure (an example of which is presented at the end of this appendix). Part 2: A questionnaire filled out on behalf of the community that aggregates and summarises income and expenditure for each of the communities. Income The questionnaire sought income information from social security payments, CDEP payments, other earned income, and other income, per person, per household, for the last pension fortnight of November 1998. Expenditure The questionnaire sought expenditure information split by expenditure type for the last pension fortnight of November 1998. These expenditure items included food, clothing and footwear, rent, and alcoholic drinks and tobacco. It became apparent upon investigation of the survey's that often the expenditure total and income totals did not match. In such cases, expenditure ratio's were taken as a proportion of total expenditure (including savings), rather than total income. This was considered to be a more accurate representation of reality than the alternative. Survey Summary The survey was completed by 75 households, comprising some 487 residents. These respondents were drawn from 6 communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia Katherine, Kalano, Wugularr, Balgo, Billiluna and Derby. Interestingly, whilst each of these area's characteristics are somewhat different, they all provided broadly similar results providing support for the accuracy of the data. Average income and expenditure data across all respondents is represented in Figure A 1.1 below. 21T in : A l le n C o n s u l t i n g < in m p

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