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, illuminates the reasons underpinning this trend, and highlights 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.
This webinar was delivered in partnership with the National Social Security Rights Network (NSSRN).