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Possible scam alert

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has recently received reports that members of the public have been contacted via phone and social media, by an individual or individuals offering government grant funding.

Examples of recent Scams

  • Some members of the public have reported the individuals claimed they were from the ‘Department of Social Services’, ‘Australian Grants Commission’ or the ‘Australian Government Grant Department’. Instructions were provided to the member of public on how to access their grant funding, which included paying a fee.
  • A member of public is contacted by someone advising they are from the Community Grants Hub and advised they had been successful in a recent grant round (caller may mention a specific round) and asked to provide specific personal or business information.

These claims are false and these individuals do not represent DSS or the Commonwealth.

DSS officers do not:

  • cold call members of the public to promise grant funding
  • contact members of the public seeking personal information, such as bank details, passport or license numbers.

It is a serious matter to impersonate a Commonwealth public official. It may even be a criminal offence carrying a penalty of imprisonment in some circumstances.

What to do if approached or if you need assistance

If approached in this manner, do not give any personal information. If you are uncomfortable with the nature of the call or approach, simply hang up.

We encourage you to report incidents of this nature. You can visit Scamwatch on www.scamwatch.gov.au to report to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and you can contact the DSS fraud reporting hotline on 1800 133 611.

If you contact DSS in the first instance, we will obtain as many details as possible from you about the incident, including your contact details. If appropriate, DSS will refer it to the police or other relevant authority including the ACCC.

If you have already provided information to a caller or are concerned that a crime has or may be committed, please immediately contact the police, your bank or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) if it relates to your passport details.

 

Open grants

Seniors Connected - Village Hubs National Grants Manager

Category

Healthy Ageing

Closing Date & Time

The Seniors Connected initiative contributes to the Government’s 2019 election commitment ‘More Support for Older Australians’ from 2019-20 to 2023-24 to alleviate loneliness and social isolation experienced by older Australians. View grant

Intercountry Adoptee and Family Support Service (ICAFSS)

Category

Mental Health

Closing Date & Time

The Intercountry Adoptee and Family Support Service (ICAFSS) is a free, national service that provides post-adoption support, including counselling, information and education, to young and adult adoptees, adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents. View grant

Future Drought Fund: Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program - Grants

Category

Drought

Closing Date & Time

The Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program – Grants is an open and competitive, grant opportunity to support organisations, famer groups and individuals undertake projects that contribute to improved drought resilience of agricultural landscapes. View grant

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program

Category

Commemorative

Closing Date & Time

The Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program aims to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations. View grant