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Processes and activities undertaken to confirm the integrity of new employees, contractors or third parties e.g. entry level checks, probationary periods, suitability reviews or security vetting.


Some examples of this type of countermeasure include:

  • Entry checks for all new staff, contractors, vendors or providers.
  • Probationary periods for all new staff, contractors, vendors or providers.
  • Staff, including contractors, are required to have and maintain the appropriate security clearance for designated roles.

Purpose of this countermeasure

Public officials, contractors or third parties can abuse their position of trust to commit fraud or act corruptly. They can also be coerced to commit fraud for the benefit of another person or entity, e.g. coerced to provide information or pay a claim.

Abuse of public office, acting dishonestly or influencing a Commonwealth public official to commit fraud are offences under the Criminal Code Act 1995.

Recruiting or on-boarding staff, contractors or third parties who lack integrity or do not adhere to behavioural expectations can create insider threats or more broadly contribute to a dysfunctional organisational culture.


This type of control is supported by:

How do I know if my countermeasures are effective?

You can apply the following methods to measure the effectiveness of these types of countermeasures:

  • Review the process for undertaking integrity checks or suitability reviews for new staff, contractors, vendors or providers.
  • Analyse data on integrity checks or suitability reviews and confirm these are always completed.
  • Review completion rates of induction training.
  • Review probation results.
  • Undertake a staff census and particularly ask questions relevant to staff integrity and performance management. Commonwealth entities can review APSC Census results.
  • Review positions that require a security clearance and confirm the occupant has the required clearance.
  • Analyse data related to the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency declarations/notifications.

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