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Fraud control

Fraud against the Commonwealth is a serious matter for all Australian Government entities and the community. It prevents taxpayer dollars from reaching intended targets and affects the government's ability to deliver key services. Estimates of what fraud costs Australians vary, but even conservative estimates put the cost at over $1 billion a year.

Fraud control measures are part of the risk management process. The Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework outlines the principles of fraud control and sets the national minimum standards to help entities combat fraud.

The Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework consists of​

The framework outlines:

  • entity responsibilities for fraud prevention
  • reporting of fraud information
  • fraud investigation case handling
  • training of entity fraud investigators and fraud prevention officers.

GOV-13: Agencies must comply with section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 and the Commonwealth Fraud Control Policy.

Further guidance

For further guidance refer to: