DIBP and Centrelink targeting relationship fraud

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DIBP and Centrelink targeting relationship fraud

To assist in a Department of Human Services (DHS) investigation into social welfare fraud, DIBP will release more than 5000 individual records to DHS–Centrelink for data matching purposes.


These records will be electronically matched against DHS–Centrelink data holdings to
identify non-compliance and fraud through declarations regarding relationship status and details.  The DHS is particularly targeting:


  • Centrelink customers who are failing to declare their correct relationship status to the ​department


  • Visa applicants suspected to be involved in migration fraud in the partner visa programme


  • Facilitators / organisers / professionals involved in migration fraud using the partner visa programme as a pathway for their clients to obtain permanent residency in Australia


Source: Migration Institute of Australia

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