Fraud and corruption control

We treat all reports of fraud and corruption seriously. Find out more about our fraud and corruption policies or how to report them.

We do not tolerate dishonest, fraudulent, or corrupt conduct.

Report any cases of suspected fraud and corruption, so we can prevent or stop it.

What is fraud and corruption 

Fraud is dishonestly receiving or causing a loss of a benefit by deception or other means. 

  • Internal fraud is fraud officials or contractors commit. 
  • External fraud is fraud third parties commit, including customers, clients, service providers and other members of the external public.

A person engages in corrupt conduct if they are a public official and they: 

  • breach public trust
  • abuse their office
  • misuse knowledge they gain from current or past public official roles
  • do something that could cause a public official to behave in a biased or dishonest way. 

Any person can engage in this type of corrupt conduct, even if they are not a public official themselves.

Corrupt conduct may be fraud when it results in someone dishonestly receiving a benefit or causing a loss. However, not all corrupt conduct is fraud.

How we control against fraud and corruption 

We have a robust fraud and corruption governance framework to help meet: 

  • community expectations
  • our legislative needs. 

We comply with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework and supporting policies. We find, assess and look at all fraud and corruption claims. 

We expect our staff to show high levels of personal integrity and be aware of the APS Values and Code of Conduct.

Read our Fraud and Corruption Control Strategy snapshot to learn more.

How to report fraud and corruption 

If something doesn’t seem right, or you suspect fraud or corruption may have occurred in our department, report it:

You can report suspected serious or systemic corruption to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

What to expect if you report fraud 

When you submit a report you will receive:

  • a case reference number
  • contact details. 

When we receive your report: 

  • an officer will assess your referral 
  • we decide the correct course of action. 

Most of the time, you will not know the outcome of an assessment. This is to protect the privacy of the people involved. We take all the needed steps to assess and look at your report.

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