Welfare Fraud in Australia: Dimensions and Issues

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Title Welfare Fraud in Australia: Dimensions and Issues
Author Prenzler, Timothy James
Journal Name Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
Editor Adam Tomison
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Institute of Criminology
Abstract This paper reports on key aspects of welfare fraud in Australia. It begins by outlining the basic aims of welfare systems that provide direct economic support, the vulnerability of these systems to fraud and issues around culpability and appropriate responses to suspected fraud. The paper also describes problems experienced when attempting to measure fraud and provides an analysis of available data about the size and dimensions of the problem, including case studies of major frauds. Overall, demonstrable fraud represents a very small fraction of all welfare transactions, but it also represents significant losses, demand for prosecution and loss recovery action. Overall, there is a need for greater consensus on the best ways to prevent fraud and deal with offenders.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://www.aic.gov.au/en/publications/current%20series/tandi/421-440/tandi421.aspx
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Australian Institute of Criminology. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 2011
Issue Number 421
Page from 421-1
Page to 421-6
ISSN 0817-8542
Date Accessioned 2012-01-16; 2012-03-28T22:43:47Z
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44041
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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