Statistics and Indicators

Financial risk - adults


    Financial stress, 18 years and over, ACT General Health Survey, 2019-2020


    Respondents to the 2020 ACT General Health Survey were asked about their financial situation in the past 12 months. The three most common responses when asked if something had happened because they were short of money were sought financial assistance from friends or family (9.6%), could not pay electricity, gas or phone bills on time (6.8%) and sought financial assistance from welfare or community organisations (5.9%). 

    Note: The indicator shows self-reported data collected through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Estimates were weighted to adjust for differences in the probability of selection among respondents and were benchmarked to the estimated residential population using the latest available Australian Bureau of Statistics population estimates.

    Persons includes male, female, other sex and refused sex respondents and may not always add to the sum of male and female.

    The 2020 estimate for those who were unable to heat or cool their home has a relative standard error between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution.

    The statement for cancelling or delaying non-essential purchases was not included in the 2020 questionnaire. 

    Statistically significant differences are difficult to detect for smaller jurisdictions such as the Australian Capital Territory. Sometimes, even large apparent differences may not be statistically significant. This is particularly the case in breakdowns of small populations because the small sample size means that there is not enough power to identify even large differences as statistically significant.

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