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Government responsibility for fraud

Responsibility for fraud is split across federal and state jurisdictions.

State and territory government fraud responsibilities

State and territory governments are generally responsible for most types of fraud, apart from fraud relating to Commonwealth government programs. This include responsibility for fraud against members of the public such as dating and romance scams.

Report fraud against yourself, another member of the public or a business.

Australian Government fraud responsibilities

The Australian Government is responsible for fraud against itself and its programs.

Each agency is responsible for its own fraud control arrangements

Report fraud against the Commonwealth by contacting the affected agency directly or the Australian Federal Police via the AFP report a crime webpage.

Agencies with specific fraud control roles

Attorney-General's Department

We are responsible for Commonwealth fraud control policy.

The Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre is part of our department. It strengthens Commonwealth counter fraud capabilities.

Australian Federal Police

The AFP investigates most serious or complex crime against the Commonwealth, including internal and external fraud. They also conduct quality assurance reviews of agencies' fraud investigations and provide advice and assistance to entities investigating fraud. This includes recovery action under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth).

Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions prosecutes offences against Commonwealth law. This includes fraud and fraudulent conduct.

Australian National Audit Office

The Australian National Audit Office conducts performance audits of Commonwealth entities. This may include an assessment of how entities meet their fraud responsibilities.

Australian Institute of Criminology

The Australian Institute of Criminology is responsible for conducting annual fraud surveys of entities, producing reports on fraud against the Commonwealth, Commonwealth entity compliance within the Framework and fraud trends.

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity supports the Integrity Commissioner to detect and prevent corrupt conduct, and to investigate corruption issues (including internal and complex fraud incidents) in prescribed Commonwealth entities with law enforcement functions.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The ACCC is responsible for enforcing compliance with Australia's competition laws. These laws include criminal and civil prohibitions on fraud in the form of cartel conduct. Cartel conduct occurs when competitors conspire to fix or control prices, rig bids, restrict supply or allocate markets. The ACCC is committed to providing procurement officers within entities with the knowledge and tools needed to detect and report possible collusion by suppliers.

Australian Security and Investments Commission

ASIC regulates Australian companies, financial markets, and financial services organisations and professionals who deal with and advise on investments, superannuation, insurance, deposit taking and credit under a number of Commonwealth laws. They use enforcement powers to detect and deal with unlawful conduct and responds to breaches of law ranging from minor regulatory offences through to serious misconduct.

State and territory police

Police investigate state and territory criminal offences relating to Commonwealth government programs.

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