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Melbourne fraud network charged over $800,000 NDIS and child care fraud

Australian Federal Police
Date published
November 2020

Relevant impacts: Human impact, Government outcomes impact and Financial impact.

Five people in Melbourne have been charged with defrauding both the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the Child Care Subsidy of $800,000.

The principal offender is a mother of 7, with a child on an NDIS plan. She is accused of spending some of the NDIS funds allocated for her child for herself. The woman is also accused of setting up NDIS provider businesses to exploit people with a disability for profit.

It is alleged that due to the business, 6 people with disability did not receive the full level of care they were entitled to. On top of this, the woman is accused of fraudulently obtaining benefits by employing her romantic, live-in partner as the carer of her children. The Australian Federal Police allege that the man instead worked at his business and the subsidy rebate was used to employ nannies.

All face jail terms if convicted.

Related countermeasures

Collaborate with strategic partners such as other government entities, committees, working groups and taskforces. This allows you to share capability, information and intelligence and to prevent and disrupt fraud.

Automatically match data with another internal or external source to obtain or verify relevant details or supporting evidence. This countermeasure is supported by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's Guidelines on data matching in Australian government administration.

 Investigate fraud in line with the Australian Government Investigation Standards (AGIS).

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