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TOPIC: Job agencies facing fraud inquiry after audit of fees

Job agencies facing fraud inquiry after audit of fees 24 Apr 2012 20:25 #2372

The Aussies are finding they are having the same troubles with their providers as we are, but guess where the political classes went for the UK`s inspiration for workfare.

Job agencies facing fraud inquiry after audit of fees

JUST 42 per cent of job-finding fees claimed by employment agencies were found to be genuine in a top-level audit released yesterday of the $4.7 billion welfare-to-work program.

As a result, some Job Services Australia providers - private firms and charities contracted by the government to help the unemployed find work - face the prospect of a fraud investigation.

The inquiry suggests the job-assistance industry improperly lodged as much as $106 million worth of false claims from the taxpayer in the past two years. Of this, $25.3 million was the extra loading designed to encourage agencies to source jobs themselves for their clients.

The audit reveals that in one case 77 per cent of job brokerage fees claimed by a provider were false or could not be verified.

But the government has refused to name the organisation along with the other nine providers who were targeted for the audit, citing commercial-in-confidence restrictions.

The audit, overseen by former public servant Robert Butterworth, ''found a significant incidence of poor administration, claims that could not be confirmed, claims that were not supported by appropriate evidence, and claims that were contradicted by job seekers or employers''.

Source; illawarra mercury
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