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.
Numbers receiving payment
At June 1998, there were 4,755,100 recipients of income support1 payments, comprising (see Figure 1):
- 3,982,900 receiving social security pensions and allowances;
- 387,600 receiving service pensions;
- 384,600 receiving student assistance.
The number of income support payment recipients at June 1998 represented 32.1 per cent of the population aged 15 years or more.