Changes to welfare fraud prosecution
In recent times, there has been a sharp decline in the welfare fraud prosecution rate by the Department of Human Services (DHS), which may come as good news to community legal centre workers and the people they help.
In this webinar, Scarlet Wilcock, Lecturer at the University of Wollongong and Board Member of Welfare Rights Centre, will seek to illuminate the reasons underpinning this trend, and highlight the potential for sustained reform of welfare fraud prosecution strategies, including:
- the effect of quantitative prosecution targets
- changes to the pool of cases selected for prosecution, including the reduction in the proportion of women prosecuted for welfare fraud
- the uptake and development of an intelligence-led policing approach to fraud investigations, and
- the changed culture among fraud investigators.
Scarlet will deliver this webinar in partnership with the National Social Security Rights Network (NSSRN).
3pm, Monday 18 June 2018 (Brisbane time) Register here
Technology, ethics and the law
Technology presents an ever evolving set of opportunities and challenges for community legal centres. Understanding the ethical dimensions to these issues is paramount.
In this webinar, Fabian Horton, Lecturer at The College of Law, technology expert and CLC alumni, will discuss the connections between ethics and technology, how we can identify solutions to the new ethical dilemmas technology can bring, and how community lawyers can make a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion about ethics, technology and society.
1pm, Thursday 28 June 2018 (Brisbane time) Register here
Meet our funders
Thank you to the Foundation for Rurral and Regional Renewal for supporting the webinar program.