Strengthening the Integrity of Welfare Payments - Budget 2015-16

From 1 July 2015, the department’s compliance activities will be strengthened, with an additional 900,000 fraud investigations and compliance interventions over 4 years.

This Budget measure is not subject to the passage of legislation

Description of the measure

A more streamlined and cost effective approach will be used to manage inconsistencies in income tax payment summaries and income declared to the Department of Human Services during the 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 financial years.

This measure aims to deter fraud by:

  • increasing the likelihood of fraudsters being detected
  • automating and streamlining existing compliance activities
  • prompting customers to self-report often and accurately

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