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Match making : using data-matching to find people missing out on government assistance /

By: Baker, David | The Australia Institute
Series: The Australia Institute policy briefPublisher: Bruce, A.C.T. The Australia Institute 2012Description: PDFISSN: 1836-9014Subject(s): Welfare Economics | Income Support | Centrelink (australia) | Income Maintenance Programs | Data Analysis | Parenting AllowanceOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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April 2012 Includes bibliography and appendices

Data-matching -- cross-checking income and personal details held by one agency against similar data held by other agencies, primarily the Australian Taxation Office -- is typically used to identify overpayments amongst existing welfare assistance recipients. This paper considers how data-matching could also be used to improve the delivery of social security assistance payments rather than simply as a revenue raising exercise. The Australia Institute analysed the Centrelink administered Parenting Payment in order to estimate how many people may be missing out on assistance payments. Finds that the number of people estimated to be missing out on assistance payments (2008-2009) is greater than the number of people committing welfare fraud and is closer to the number receiving an overpayment

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