Key Employment headquarters raided by Federal Police
AUSTRALIAN Federal Police have raided Key Employment's headquarters in Coffs Harbour.
Federal officers from Canberra and Brisbane began searching Key Employment's Gordon St office just after 8.30am Tuesday morning.
Behind closed doors, police examined documents and inspected the agency's computer records.
The search warrant was carried out by police on behalf of the Department of Human Services.
The department's general manager, Hank Jongen, would not provide details of the search, saying investigations were ongoing.
"The Department of Human Services conducts extensive compliance activity to ensure benefits are received by people who are genuinely entitled," he said.
"The department is unable to comment on matters that are subject to open or ongoing investigations".
In a statement, a Key Employment spokesman said the agency was cooperating with police.
"Key Employment is assisting police with their enquiries and we are confident that our robust governance and procedural integrity will be demonstrated for all to see," the statement said.
"We are proud of our record and welcome any opportunity to clarify any aspect of the current investigation.
"Key will not be making any further comment at this time."
The search warrant comes just weeks after the agency announced multi-million dollar plans for a disability, employment, training and youth hub on the site of the former Coffs Harbour Catholic Club.
Key Employment operates from offices including Coffs Harbour, Nambucca, Kempsey, Grafton and Yamba and receives Federal Government funding to deliver its services.
The Key Employment office on Gordon St was today closed to clients with a sign on the office door stating consultants would be in touch to arrange alternative appointments.