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Why prosecutions for welfare fraud have declined in Australia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Between 2009-10 and 2016-17, the number of social security fraud prosecutions in Australia fell by 80% as a proportion of Centrelink’s customer base. This is remarkable considering national dialogue continues to focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud. The Department of Human Services, which absorbed Centrelink in 2011, has even reiterated its “zero-tolerance” approach to the issue.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • S. Wilcock, 'Why prosecutions for welfare fraud have declined in Australia' (2018) 4 April The Conversation 1-5.

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 5

Volume


  • 4 April

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Between 2009-10 and 2016-17, the number of social security fraud prosecutions in Australia fell by 80% as a proportion of Centrelink’s customer base. This is remarkable considering national dialogue continues to focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud. The Department of Human Services, which absorbed Centrelink in 2011, has even reiterated its “zero-tolerance” approach to the issue.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • S. Wilcock, 'Why prosecutions for welfare fraud have declined in Australia' (2018) 4 April The Conversation 1-5.

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 5

Volume


  • 4 April

Place Of Publication


  • Australia