26 February 2023
When Bill Shorten became Minister for the NDIS, he made it clear that he would not sit idly by and allow participants or providers to be victims of fraud.
This year has barely begun, and the Fraud Fusion Taskforce have taken action against several providers who have committed fraud by falsifying claims.
On January 22nd the NDIA released a statement regarding two Victorian-based entities and five associated individuals who falsified claims for payment to the NDIS. Those involved have been issued banning orders which prohibit them from providing NDIS supports and services to people with disability.
Minister for the NDIS Bill Shorten has stated, “Australians relying on the NDIS are some of our most vulnerable, and any organisation taking advantage of their safety net must be stopped.”
More recently, on 20th February, the taskforce has acted against two Sydney-based NDIS providers and two associated individuals participating in fraudulent claims. Individuals involved have been banned or suspended following the investigation.
NDIS Commissioner Tracy Mackey said, “The NDIS Commission will take swift action where NDIS providers and their key personnel fail to meet their obligations and in circumstances where they are no longer suitable to deliver NDIS supports and services.
“Fraud takes funds intended to purchase the supports NDIS participants genuinely need. We will not tolerate such conduct.”
If you or someone you know suspects fraudulent activity, please contact the NDIS fraud reporting and scams helpline on 1800 650 717, or email firstname.lastname@example.org