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Fraud control

Fraud against the Commonwealth is a serious matter for all Australian Government departments and agencies, and the community. It prevents taxpayers’ dollars from reaching intended targets, undermines confidence in the integrity of the government and affects its ability to deliver key services. Between 2008 and 2010, Commonwealth agencies reported losses due to external fraud of more than $1 billion.

This department is responsible for coordinating fraud control policy.

We are responsible for:

  • the administration of the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines
  • promoting the use of risk management techniques within Australian Government departments and agencies
  • promoting best practice in fraud control, including the development of fraud standards
  • providing advice on fraud control to the Australian Government.

More information is available from Australia’s fraud control framework page.

Reporting fraud

This department has no investigatory role and does not investigate fraud, except for certain instances of fraud against the department.

The Australian Federal Police has primary law enforcement responsibility for investigating serious or complex fraud against the Commonwealth (Commonwealth crimes).

For more information, visit the Reporting fraud page or the Report a crime page on the Australian Federal Police website.

Investigator resources

If you are an investigator for a Commonwealth agency or a body established under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, you can apply for membership of the Commonwealth Fraud Control Online Community. The site contains a range of materials to support consistent fraud investigations across the Commonwealth and is secure to the ‘UNCLASSIFIED: Sensitive’ and ‘UNCLASSIFIED: For Official Use Only’ levels.

The Commonwealth Fraud Control Online Community is a useful resource for sharing contacts and information relating to fraud investigations as well as a range of investigative resources. The Commonwealth Fraud Control Online Community is a GovDex site that is jointly administered by this department and the Australian Federal Police.

For more information or to apply for community membership, contact us at fraud@ag.gov.au.

Training

The training.gov.au website is the official national register of information on training packages, qualifications, courses and units of competency. This database will also allow you to find registered training organisations that are approved to deliver fraud control and investigations training in your state.

Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce

As part of a whole-of-government approach to combat consumer fraud and scams targeted at consumers, the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce was established in March 2005 and comprises all of the governmental regulatory agencies and departments in Australia and New Zealand who have responsibilities for consumer protection.

For more information visit the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce page.