Families of expat pensioners have been collecting their benefits after they die. (File picture)
Families of expat pensioners have been collecting their benefits after they die. (File picture)

Pensioners to face 'dead welfare payment' crackdown

AGE pensioners living abroad will have to prove they are alive every two years, amid fears relatives are pocketing Australian taxpayer money long after their loved ones die.

The Federal Government will unleash a "dead welfare payment" crackdown, with up to $120 million a year being paid into the bank accounts of deceased former Australians.

The move, listed as a savings measure in next Monday's Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, will be unveiled today by Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher.

Under the reform, which will need to pass the parliament, from 2019, those aged 80 years and over will have to submit a life certificate form signed by a justice of the peace, doctor or official at an Australian embassy or consulate.

Read the full story at the Courier Mail


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