Posted: 17 October, 2016 by @Nikki_Markovics

Welfare Cheats Make Millions

Dobbing in dodgy people saves $300,000 a fortnight.


A hotline that gets Aussies to dob-in welfare cheats, has clawed back more than $20 million after a massive crackdown in the past year.

Department of Human Services says it's had more than 63,000 tip-offs of people rorting things like Newstart payments, the disability pension and parenting payments.

On average, calls to the national welfare fraud service have saved around $300,000 a fortnight.

The taskforce has also been coming down hard on unexplained wealth, deliberately undeclared income, and personal circumstances such as those lying about their living arrangements.

While, couples pretending to be single to get more money accounted for close to 30,000 calls to the hotline with several hundred people ending up with less welfare cash in their pocket after being dodgy. 

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