Debt Prevention Research and Development
The Government will conduct research in order to improve the control of incorrect payment and fraudulent claims, identifying further scope for tightening existing controls and testing methods. This will be achieved through five sub-projects, all of which will be run as pilots:
- A two year proof-of-concept pilot commencing in 2005-06 between the eight state and territory Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages and Centrelink, and in conjunction with the Department of Veterans' Affairs;
- A random review of the circumstances of 5,000 Age Pension, 250 Carer Allowance and 750 Carer Payment customers in 2006-07, and 10,000 Rent Assistance customers in each of 2005-06 and 2006-07;
- A random review of the circumstances of 1,200 Family Tax Benefit recipients in 2005-06;
- A random review of the circumstances of 2,000 Child Care Benefit recipients in 2005-06; and
- A review of ten Child Care Service Providers each year in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
The projects will be evaluated to establish whether they should become a permanent part of the control framework.
These projects build on the existing control framework of previous Budgets in the prevention and detection of incorrect payments and fraudulent claims.
1 July 2005.
Total Government Funding
$2.4 million over three years (including $0.2 million in 2004-05).