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Reporting fraud

Australia has a number of different bodies to which suspected frauds can be reported to. The Attorney-General's Department has no investigatory role and is unable to investigate fraud, except for certain instances of fraud against the department itself.

Reporting different types of fraud

Generally, fraud should be reported to your local police or the Australian Federal Police. Crime Stoppers allows you to report crime anonymously.

The following specific types of fraud can also be reported to the following bodies:

Fraud involving government agencies

Matters involving fraud against the Australian Government should generally be referred to the Australian Federal Police and/or the agency involved.

The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity investigates corruption issues involving current and former staff members of the following Australian Government agencies:

  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (including the Australian Crime Commission and the former CrimTrac Agency)
  • Australian Federal Police (including ACT Policing)
  • Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)
  • prescribed aspects of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection (including the Australian Border Force)
  • the former National Crime Authority
  • any other Australian Government agency that is prescribed by regulation under the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006.

Matters involving fraud against state or territory governments should generally be referred to state or territory police:

Fraud involving individuals and private businesses

Matters involving fraud against an individual and/or private businesses should generally be referred to state or territory police.​​​​