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Fraud frameworks, legislation and policies

Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework

The Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework outlines the Australian Government's requirements for fraud control. This includes a requirement that government entities have a comprehensive fraud control program that covers prevention, detection, investigation and reporting strategies.

Within the framework sits the:

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 binds non-corporate Commonwealth entities setting out procedural requirements for specific areas of fraud control such as investigations and reporting.

The Fraud Guidance

The Resource Management Guide No. 201 - Preventing, detecting and dealing with fraud (Fraud Guidance) was reissued in August 2017. The Fraud Guidance supports better practice guidance for the Fraud Rule and Fraud Policy setting out the government's expectations for fraud control arrangements within all Commonwealth entities.

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act

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.

Other relevant legislation

Other important acts and regulations in the Australian Government's fraud control framework include the:


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