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 Sharing information to counter fraud

Information sharing between agencies, including proactive disclosures and data sharing arrangements, should be considered and pursued as part of an agency’s counter fraud strategy. With serious and organised criminals increasingly targeting multiple Commonwealth programs, information sharing between agencies is critical to preventing and detecting fraud, which diverts taxpayer’s money from the most vulnerable in our society and instead lines the pockets of criminal syndicates.

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Cooperation and collaboration

Recent counter fraud initiatives have highlighted the increasingly complex nature of fraud. Recent initiatives, such as the Family Day Care Integrity Surge, have also demonstrated the critical role of fraud prevention and interagency cooperation.

The community section of this website fosters collaboration and builds connections in the counter fraud community through sharing of key contacts, sharing of events, and highlighting examples of better practice.

We are a member of several communities of practice and working groups that foster collaboration and sharing better practice knowledge across Australia.

These include:

  • Commonwealth Fraud Policy Working Group
  • Commonwealth Interagency Fraud and Corruption Community of Practice (Cth only)
  • Internal Fraud Detection and Data Communities of Practice (Cth only)
  • Cross Agency Investigations Procedures Forum (Cth only)
  • Organisational behavioural assessment Working Group (Cth only)
  • Commonwealth Fraud Liaison Forum (Cth focus with limited state and private sector attendance)
  • ACLEI Corruption Community of Practice
  • Fraud Awareness Community of Practice.

We are also involved in a number of forums to strengthen engagement and collaboration with international, private sector and state agencies and other key stakeholders, including:

  • Australia and New Zealand Interagency Fraud Association (ANZIFA)
  • International Public Sector Fraud Forum (IPSFF)
  • NZ SFO conference
  • Economic Crimes Agencies Network (ECAN) Corruption Prevention Network
  • Standards Australia
  • Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference.

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Data matching

Data matching is a countermeasure which can help prevent fraudsters who deceive, impersonate, fabricate, exploit, conceal, organise, and/or are reckless.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner provides further guidance on Government data matching.

Data matching activities must be conducted in strict accordance with relevant secrecy and privacy obligations and principles.

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Legislative amendments to the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth)

In August 2019 the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) was amended by the Crimes Legislation (Powers Offences and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) to provide greater legislative authority to collect, use and disclose personal information for the purposes of preventing, detecting, investigating, or dealing with fraud or corruption against the Commonwealth, while maintaining appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of individuals.

We have developed detailed guidance on these amendments:

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