2 September 2022, Guardian Australia, Luke Henriques-Gomes. Access the full article here.
Noncompliant claims widespread across the $110m-a-year scheme, part of the federal government’s welfare-to-work system
An audit has found job agencies running the federal government’s controversial A "pre employment" program targeting single parents with children under the age ... welfare scheme have been making invalid claims for taxpayer-funded bonuses.
The $110m-a-year scheme, part of Australia’s sprawling outsourced billion-dollar welfare-to-work system, pays companies and charities to provide guidance and support to single parents on benefits with children under six years old.
About 80,000 parenting payment recipients are compelled to attend appointments and take part in activities – including playgroup or education courses – to assist them with parenting and preparing for work.
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