Responding to welfare fraud: The Australian experience


The main focus of this comprehensive study is on strategies adopted by Australia’s primary welfare distributor Centrelink for preventing welfare fraud. In particular, the study was concerned with impact measures of the different strategies.

The study was also concerned with the antecedents of these strategies, associated prosecution strategies and debates about the justice of these strategies. In addition, the study was concerned to map, as far as possible, the dimensions of suspected and confirmed welfare fraud in terms of numbers of offences, characteristics of offenders, financial losses, types of fraud and trends over time.