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Auditor-general won’t look at Centrelink debt recovery

18 January 2017
Stephen Easton
The Mandarin

Commonwealth auditor-general Grant Hehir has declined to conduct an audit of Centrelink’s expanded debt recovery program, as requested by shadow minister for human services Linda Burney, at least not until the Commonwealth Ombudsman has had a look.

Hehir told Burney today he has decided not to audit “the use of automated data matching in Centrelink debt recovery and welfare integrity programs, with a focus on risk management and planning by the Department of Human Services; the value of savings derived from the programs to date; and the efficiency of future budget allocations for the programs” as she requested.