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Special Fraud Squad to Protect NDIS from Rorts and Organised Crime

24 July 2018 at 4:30 pm
Luke Michael
A special fraud task force has been formed to protect the multi-billion dollar National Disability Insurance Scheme from rorts and the grasp of organised crime.

Luke Michael | 24 July 2018 at 4:30 pm


Special Fraud Squad to Protect NDIS from Rorts and Organised Crime
24 July 2018 at 4:30 pm

A special fraud task force has been formed to protect the multi-billion dollar National Disability Insurance Scheme from rorts and the grasp of organised crime.  

Announcing the 100-member flying squad on Tuesday, Social Services Minister Dan Tehan said: “We are putting criminals on notice. You come after the NDIS and we will come after you”.

The tough talking Tehan, as if to amplify the odium of such a crime, said anybody who defrauded the NDIS was “taking money from Australians with a disability”.

“The NDIS will only succeed with the support of the Australian people who fund it, and the NDIS fraud task force will help give people confidence their money is well spent,” Tehan said.

The government spent $8 billion on the NDIS last year and this figure would grow to $22 billion per annum by 2022.

Tehan told reporters in Canberra the task force, aided by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), would prevent organised crime from infiltrating the scheme.

“We do not want that money going, in particular, to organised criminals who will seek to exploit, sadly, any system that the government puts in place,” he said.

Though standing alongside Tehan at the announcement, AFP Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan said NDIS fraud had thus far been “minimal”.

However, Gaughan said: “We will put in place our full powers and our full capabilities to bring those responsible for the criminality to justice”.

As well as the AFP, the NDIS fraud task force would involve the Department of Human Services and the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Human Services Minister Michael Keenan issued a statement to say his department had extensive experience in fraud detection and prevention and would help ensure the NDIS supported people fairly.

“There is always a minority who will seek to exploit the system and we must remain vigilant to ensure the NDIS remains viable and that taxpayer funds are only supporting those who genuinely need it,” he said.

In response, Labor’s social services spokesperson Linda Burney said the government should have acted sooner to protect people with disability from NDIS fraud.

Burney pointed to an auditor-general report from January 2017 which said NDIS support payments were “susceptible to fraud”.

“The government has dropped the ball – they should have acted earlier to protect people with disability and taxpayers,” Burney said.

“There have been alarm bells for some time now, and there are no excuses for allowing fraud risk to undermine this incredibly important social reform.”  

Luke Michael  |  Journalist  |  @luke_michael96

Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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  • Toby Stewart says:

    So, exactly how much was stolen, and by whom? And why don’t journalists ask these fundamental questions?
    How can any person prioritize this grave threat to national security, if we don’t know how much was stolen? How can we understand the systemic risk, if we don’t know who stole it? How did they know how to steal it?
    The liberal minister has created 100 jobs for liberal party faithful on the premise that we face a serious crisis of public finance, in magnitude and moral reprehensibility. Here it is: if the crisis deserves the significant expense of 100 investigators, if it really is a pressing and important “crisis”, then prove it, mother.
    Show me the evidence. Show me the people stealing all the money. Show me the evidence. I don’t believe it. I’ve seen real crimes before. They have real case files, real police statements, real witness statements. This is not that, so I am calling fake news.
    What I see is a liar, and deliberate and conscious liar, who is doing nothing more than playing fear politics to create jobs for the boys. The crushing irony, and the disgrace upon this wretched man, is that his perfidy takes revenues from the disabled and gives them squarely to his party cronies. We may note, with disgust, that this is precisely the evil this man claims to be preventing by his expert political action.
    The liberal party try to feather their party nest by stirring up domestic enemies that don’t exist. They are so pathetic, they’ve lost control and now even morons are having a go. This man wants us to believe the that the cripples are going to get us.
    The deaf are going to ruin our great economy.
    The “organized crime gangs”, whom the police cant catch and he cant name, are going to destroy everything. So we have to take money away from the disabled people, and the terminally ill, and give it to our mates in the party.
    Turnbull’s legacy will be that “his type of people” grew infatuated with themselves, once they got a little bit of money. Decent conservatives are already sitting the next election out. Give the reds a go, I reckon. They wont sell the farm, and at least their kind of crooked doesn’t pick on the weak. Our libs at the moment are a bunch of wrong uns. Their policy is unconsciously dictated by vain glorious moral failings. They lack warmth, they lack a proper sense of self, as moral entities, due to devotion to their collective culture of inherited status. As a leadership culture, they’ve rusted out, gone from excellence to elitism.

  • jdavies says:

    I wonder if the cost of establishing the NDIS fraud taskforce comes out of NDIS funds?


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