It is a criminal offence to receive a benefit from the Department of Social Security, or Centrelink dishonestly. The Social Security (Administration) Act 1999, prescribes specific offences for persons who commit such offences. Some examples are:
- Obtaining a Newstart allowance and failing to declare part-time earnings.
- Obtaining a single parent allowance and failing to declare a live-in defacto relationship.
- Obtaining an invalid pension and failing to disclose full time employment.
- Obtaining payment for children not in your care.
- Collecting rent assistance when rent is not being paid.
- Using more than one name to access benefits.
- Over-claiming benefits without any present entitlement.