$300,000 every minute.
That's how much Australian taxpayers are forking out for welfare payments.
The lifetime welfare bill for people on benefits has been estimated at $2.1 trillion.
The staggering new figures from the Department of Social Services and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has raised concerns that people are getting caught up in the cycle.
Meanwhile the cost of unemployment benefits has hit $10 billion - almost doubling over the past decade.
It also raises fears that more and more people are cheating the system.