The Australian Government will continue the Rolling Random Sample Survey, which ensures accuracy of payments made to Age Pension, Carer Payment, Carer Allowance, Family Tax Benefit and Special Benefit recipients.
The initiative increases the number of ongoing random sample surveys to be conducted and will enhance the Government's ability to monitor the delivery of these programmes. The initiative will better identify emerging risks and current trends that may influence payment accuracy, leading to more effective future compliance activity.
The Government has successfully conducted random sampling of welfare payments to assess payment accuracy and identify emerging risks since 1998-99. This measure continues that work.
This measure provides assurance advice on the integrity of government outlays for the payments surveyed and identifies current and emerging trends in incorrect payments and fraud. This proposal involves Centrelink officers interviewing randomly selected customers to verify circumstances and assess payment eligibility and accuracy at a particular point in time.
The measure will commence on 1 July 2007
Total Government Funding:
Net cost of $13.2 million over three years.