By Kate McLaughlinPublished March 09, 2017 10:33:22In this photo provided by the Department of Social Development, a family of four at the centre of a case of suspected child abuse, on Thursday, March 7, 2017, in Melbourne, Australia.
The Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force are investigating a case in which a family was allegedly threatened with eviction for failing to pay their mortgage.
(AP Photo/Department of Social and Family Development, Chris Fong)In a letter to the family, the Department for Children and Families said that if the family failed to pay rent and other property costs for three years, they could face eviction.
The family’s rent, for example, was $1,800 per month and was due to be paid in October 2018.
In a statement to The Globe and Mail, the department said that the family had to leave the home to care for their two young children, aged nine and two, in their new home.
The department said it is not able to investigate whether any offences were committed, but would provide more information if requested.
“The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is not responsible for the decision to evict the family or the subsequent outcome of any legal action brought against the family by the Commonwealth,” the department wrote in the statement.
“DCFS is a statutory government agency and is only empowered to make a decision about the welfare of a family.
DCFS is committed to providing the best possible support to vulnerable families and their children, regardless of their economic circumstances.”
The family had lived in the home for three and a half years.
The children have been removed from their parents, the family said.