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Monday, 31 October 2011
Page: 12285

Home Insulation Program

(Question No. 494)


Mr Fletcher asked the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, in writing, on 16 August 2011:

In respect of my letter to him dated 22 April 2010 about a claim of alleged fraud under the Home Insulation Program at a property in Killara, (a) what is the progress of investigations, (b) has any person or entity been charged with an offence, and (c) if fraud has been established, what action has or is being taken to recover monies.


Mr Combet: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I can advise that the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency is treating all allegations of fraud very seriously.

When allegations of fraud or non-compliance are received (such as the concerns raised by the residents at the Killara property) a review process is conducted to consider both the specifics of the allegation and the profile of the insulation installer to fully assess the matter and inform an appropriate response. Depending on the results of this review, the response may include compliance action, referral to the Australian Taxation Office, or the investigation of the alleged fraud.

It is not the policy of the Department to provide feedback or progress reports on the status of matters undergoing compliance or investigation, as this may compromise the integrity of those processes.