Compliance - Continuation of Data-Matching Measures to Improve Control of Incorrect Payment and Fraud 

What's New?

Two elements of the 2000–01 Budget measure, Compliance Strategy – Measures to Improve Control of Incorrect Payment and Fraud – Detection, have been extended for a further four years.

The two elements that will be continued are:

  • Increased Rent Assistance data-matching reviews to detect Centrelink rent-assistance recipients who have incorrectly declared their rent liability and/or living arrangements.
  • Data-matching between Centrelink and Department of Employment and Workplace Relations Job Placement Records to detect customers who obtain income through placement in part-time and casual positions by Job Network members.

The 'Exchange of Information from the Public Between the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Centrelink Tip-off Recording Systems' element of the 2000–01 Budget measure will be discontinued due to a lower than expected number of tip-offs received by the ATO.


These measures are part of the Government's overall strategy of ensuring that people receive the correct rate of payment and that Australian income support payments are appropriately targeted to those in greatest need.


1 July 2004.

Total Financial Impact

Net saving of $5.9 million over four years.

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