Alleged organised fraud against the Family Day Care Program
Relevant impacts: Industry impact, financial impact and government outcomes impact
A well-organised child care fraud syndicate allegedly defrauded the Commonwealth Government’s Family Day Care Program of $4 million over a 10 month period. The Australian Federal Police stated that “They had accountants, they had facilitators, and then they had a number of carers underneath which were allegedly caring for kids that were never cared for”. Initially 17 people were arrested but more have been arrested as the case unfolds. A number of parents were also arrested for allegedly handing their children's details over to a sham Family Day Care provider so it could use the information.