DVA Fraud Investigations Into Veterans Disability Claims

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Dear Department of Veterans' Affairs,

For each year from 2015 to 2021 inclusive I am seeking:

Number of current cases on hand at year end.
Number of cases referred to DPP and/or AFP.
Number of convictions.
Value of fraud recovered ($)

Yours faithfully,

Alan ASHMORE

INFORMATION.ACCESS, Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Dear Mr Ashmore

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (the department) has received your
request for access to information under the Freedom of Information Act
1982 (FOI Act). I note you have requested access to the following:

               For each year from 2015 to 2021 inclusive I am seeking:

Number of current cases on hand at year end.

Number of cases referred to DPP and/or AFP.

Number of convictions.

Value of fraud recovered ($)

 

Your request was received by the department on 18 July 2022 and the
ordinary 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced
from the day after that date.

 

Extension of Time

 

Due to an increase in the number of information access applications
currently being received by the department, we are asking your agreement
to an extension of time for a further 30 days to process this request
under section 15AA of the FOI Act. This would mean that your request is
due on 16 September 2022.

 

If we are in a position to make a decision on your request earlier than
this date, we will endeavour to do so.

 

The statutory period may also be extended if we need to consult third
parties or for other reasons permitted under the FOI Act. We will advise
you if this happens.

 

Please reply by return email if you agree to this extension of time. If
you do agree we will notify the Office of the Australian Information
Commissioner (OAIC) of your agreement under section 15AA of the FOI Act.

 

Charges

 

The department will advise you if a charge is payable to process your
request and the amount of any such charge as soon as practicable. No
charge is payable for providing a person with their own personal
information.

 

Your address

 

The FOI Act requires that you provide us with an address that we can send
notices to. You have advised your electronic address is
[1][FOI #9151 email] . Unless you tell us
otherwise, we will send all notices and correspondence to this address.

 

Disclosure log

 

Information released under the FOI Act may be published on a disclosure
log on our website, subject to certain exceptions. These exceptions
include where publication of personal, business, professional or
commercial information would be unreasonable.

 

Further assistance

 

If you have any questions about your request, please email
[2][DVA request email]

 

We look forward to receiving your response to our request for an extension
of time and for the removal of certain information as out of scope from
your request. 

 

Yours sincerely

Arthur

Position Number 62210944

Information Access Officer

Information Access Unit               

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Email: [3][email address]

 

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References

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2. mailto:[DVA request email]
3. mailto:[email address]

Dear INFORMATION.ACCESS,

I reluctantly agree to this request and would appreciate it if the full 30 day extension wasn't fully required. Keep safe.

Yours sincerely,

Alan ASHMORE