The Research FaCS Sheet series was produced by the former Department of Family and Community Services (the former FaCS). The aim of the series was to provide a brief overview of varied social policy research undertaken by FaCS staff or research undertaken in conjunction with external research bodies. The last Research FaCS Sheet was released in 2002.
Trends over time
Between 1965 and 1998, the proportion of the adult population1 who received social security payments increased from 10.6 per cent to 27.4 per cent (see Figure 1). Over this period, the total number of income support2 recipients has increased from 934,800 to 4,755,100 (see Table 1). In 1998, just over two million recipients were age or service pensioners.