“I think there is very few things more despicable in life than crooks taking money which is due to go to disabled people,” Mr Shorten, who is the NDIS minister, told ABC’s Insiders program.
He said organised crime is now moving across into NDIS, obtaining people’s personal information and defrauding the system with false invoices, overpaying of bills and ghost payments.
He said the scheme, which was introduced over a decade ago by the then Gillard Labor government, now looks after 580,000 people and employs 250,000 workers in disability.
“But they left the welcome mat at the back door, and I don’t think there has been enough to detect and apprehend to stop fraud both in a systems-sense and chasing down individual crooks and syndicates.”
While it has been suggested that scheme could grow to $60 billion by 2030, Mr Shorten pointed out one report that was recently commissioned found for every dollar spent it generates $2.25 in economic outcome.