The Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework outlines the Australian Government's requirements for fraud control, including that government entities put in place a comprehensive fraud control program that covers prevention, detection, investigation and reporting strategies.
The framework replaces the previous Commonwealth fraud control arrangements set out under the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines.
Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework
The three key documents in the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework are the Fraud Rule, Fraud Policy and Fraud Guidance.
The Attorney-General's Department has produced a single publication, the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework, which contains all three documents and a description of their status.
The Fraud Rule, Fraud Policy and Fraud Guidance are also available individually below.
The Fraud Rule
The Fraud Rule—section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014—is a legislative instrument binding all Commonwealth entities setting out the key requirements of fraud control.
The Fraud Policy
The Commonwealth Fraud Control Policy is a government policy binding non-corporate Commonwealth entities setting out procedural requirements for specific areas of fraud control such as investigations and reporting.
The Fraud Guidance
Resource Management Guide No. 201 Preventing, detecting and dealing with fraud, supports best practice guidance for the Fraud Rule and Fraud Policy setting out the government's expectations for fraud control arrangements within all Commonwealth entities.
Legislation and regulations
The Public Governance Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) is the key piece of legislation underpinning the Australian Government's financial framework.
The PGPA Act, Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014, and associated policies and guidance set out the regulatory framework for the proper use and management of public resources by Commonwealth entities.
More information can be found on the Public Management Reform Agenda website.
Other important acts and regulations in the Australian Government's fraud control framework include the:
Additional key documents
Commonwealth Risk Management Policy
The Commonwealth Risk Management Policy under the PGPA Act framework, requires that the accountable authority of a Commonwealth entity must establish and maintain appropriate systems and internal controls for the oversight and management of risk. The policy binds all non-corporate Commonwealth entities and sets out the elements for an appropriate risk management framework under the PGPA Act.
The Policy can be found on the Department of Finance website.
Protective Security Policy Framework
The Protective Security Policy Framework is designed to help entities identify their individual levels of security risk tolerance, achieve the mandatory requirements for protective security expected by government and develop an appropriate security culture to meet their business goals securely.
For more information, visit the Protective Security Policy Framework website.
Managing the Insider Threat to Your Business—A personnel security handbook
This handbook addresses the risk of the 'malicious trusted insider'. It provides guidance on the risks and factors associated with a trusted insider going 'rogue' and offers practical measures to mitigate the threat.
This handbook outlines how you can better protect your organisation against the trusted insider by understanding the threat and evaluating the risks, and by developing a robust personnel security framework.
The handbook emphasises the importance of being aware of potential threats from the insider to your operations, evaluating the risks, and incorporating these in your personnel security framework.
The handbook can be found on the Protective Security website.
Commonwealth Procurement Rules
The Department of Finance's Commonwealth Procurement Rules represent the Government Policy Framework under which entities govern and undertake their own procurement and combine both Australia's international obligations and good practice.
The rules can be found on the Department of Finance website.
Australian Government Investigations Standards
The Australian Government Investigations Standards (AGIS) provides the minimum standard for agencies conducting investigations relating to the programs and legislation they administer. The AGIS are designed to allow entities (both large and small) to apply them to their own operations and to maintain a minimum quality standard within investigations. The AGIS is mandatory for all non-corporate Commonwealth entities, which are required to comply with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Policy.
Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions' (CDPP) Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth promotes consistency in prosecution decision-making and informs the public of the principles upon which the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions performs its statutory functions.
A copy of the Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth can be found on the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions website.
Guidelines on Brief Preparation
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions' Guidelines on Brief Preparation set out a standard format for a brief of evidence. A copy of the Guidelines on Brief Preparation can be found on Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions website.