Centrelink and Medicare offices at Dalby.
Centrelink and Medicare offices at Dalby. Sophie Volker

Welfare cheats pocket billions in undeserved payments

Welfare scammers and fraudsters have reportedly been paid $2.84 billion in funds they weren't entitled to through fraud or error last year.

Just over 700 people have reportedly been prosecuted as a result but less than half of the money has been repaid.

The Department of Human Services has said it is still pursuing more repayments but it is likely most of the funds will be returned through deductions to ongoing payments.

Families were overpaid the most at $1.2 billion in family tax benefits and more than $700 million in unemployment benefits and rent assistance.

Human Services Minister Michael Keenan told The Daily Telegraph the Turnbull government was "committed to cracking down on welfare fraud more than ever before".

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the government is cracking down on welfare fraud. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the government is cracking down on welfare fraud. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Postman's actions prevent unit blaze in Gatton

Postman's actions prevent unit blaze in Gatton

The fire brigade are urging people to turn kitchen appliances off.

A busy weekend in the valley

A busy weekend in the valley

See the photo gallery for people that attended the events.

Lockyer and Somerset show societies receive funding boost

Lockyer and Somerset show societies receive funding boost

Show societies will share in an increase of $400,000 in funding.

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