People face large fluctuations in their incomes and costs over their lifetime. What role has the Australian government played in evening out these fluctuations over the past 15 years, how has this changed in response to large changes in employment (particularly of women) and private saving behaviour (particularly housing and superannuation), and what pressures does this place on families to undertake private saving and/or private transfers between generations? The project focussed upon data assembled by the ABS in the four most recent Fiscal Incidence Studies to address these questions. (FIS studies, based on the Household Expenditure Surveys, were undertaken in 1988-89, 1993-94, 1998-99 and 2003-04).
Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs