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Robodebt Class Action is Coming

by Sonia Hickey
Centrelink will be contacting hundreds of thousands of Australians in the coming weeks to notify them that they could be part of a Robodebt class action lawsuit against the federal government. About 13,000 people have already signed up to the...

Calls for Social Security Payments to be Permanently Increased

by Sonia Hickey
Sadly, for Australians living on the meagre $280 per week that was Newstart (recently rebranded to Job-seeker), it took a global pandemic for the Federal Government to implement a much-needed increase in the weekly payment. But it doesn’t look like...

What are the Mental Elements for Criminal Code Act Offences?

by Ugur Nedim
There are hundreds of Commonwealth Acts which contain criminal offences, perhaps the most notable of which is the Criminal Code Act 1995 (‘the Act’) – the stated purpose of which is ‘to codify the general principles of criminal responsibility under...

Centrelink’s Flawed Robo-Debt System is Killing Our Most Vulnerable

by Sonia Hickey
The story of Devi Barker, one of Centrelink’s robo-debt victims has put the flawed Government automated debt-recovery system back into the spotlight. Her story is not dissimilar to thousands of other Australians in the same predicament: accused of racking up...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter...

Centrelink to Amend its Flawed Debt Recovery Process

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
When Centrelink tweeted the Lifeline suicide helpline number in December, many began to realise the magnitude of the problems with the agency’s debt recovery initiative. Social media posts painted a concerning picture of an understaffed, under-resourced agency that could not...

Cases That Fall Under the Legal Definition of Fraud in NSW

by Ugur Nedim
Fraud offences are on the increase, according to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR). Figures from July this year show that the crime rate for fraud has been steadily increasing over the previous two years, at a...

Recent Centrelink Fraud Cases

by Ugur Nedim
Fraudulently obtaining payments through Centrelink is a Commonwealth offence and can come with serious penalties. Like most other Commonwealth offences, all Centrelink fraud cases in Australia are prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP). Centrelink fraud can cover...

Can I Change Paying My Centrelink Debt to Community Service?

by Ugur Nedim
If you have been overpaid by Centrelink you will have a debt raised against you. Even if you have done nothing wrong, or the overpayment was a result of a genuine mistake on your part, you will still be required...

How do Penalties for White Collar Crime and Social Security Fraud Compare?

by Ugur Nedim
White collar crime is a type of fraud which is usually committed against corporations or organisations. Generally, white collar crime is committed by employees of these organisations. Although there are a number of penalties that you can receive if you...
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