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Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework


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Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework 2017 –applies until 30 June 2024

Fraud against the Australian Government is a criminal offence that affects Australians directly.

The Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework 2017 outlines the Australian Government's requirements for fraud control. It requires Commonwealth entities to put in place a comprehensive fraud control program that covers prevention, detection, investigation and reporting strategies. The framework consists of 3 parts:

  • Fraud Rule, which is section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Rule 2014, a legislative instrument binding all Commonwealth entities. It sets out the key requirements of fraud control.
  • Fraud Control Policy which binds non-corporate Commonwealth entities and sets out procedural requirements for specific areas of fraud control
  • Fraud Guidance (also known as the Resource Management Guide 201 – Preventing, detecting and dealing with fraud) which supports the Fraud Rule and Fraud Policy by setting out the Australian Government's expectations for fraud control arrangements within all Commonwealth entities.

Commonwealth Fraud and Corruption Control Framework 2024 –applies from 1 July 2024

On 1 February 2024, the Minister for Finance and the Attorney-General announced the new Commonwealth Fraud and Corruption Framework 2024, which will come into effect on 1 July 2024.

Find out more about the updated framework, and tools and guidance to counter fraud in Australia on the Counter Fraud website.