Fraud within the Commonwealth: a census of the most costly incidents, 2010–11 to 2012–13

Research in practice no. 41
9 March 2016

Provides a better understanding of the nature of internal fraud against the Commonwealth, and the personal background details of those alleged to have committed the deception.

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Fraud against the Commonwealth is defined as ‘dishonestly obtaining a benefit or causing a loss, by deception or other means’. This definition is set out in the current Commonwealth Resource Management Guide (no. 201) Preventing, detecting and dealing with fraud, issued by the Australian Government Minister for Justice (2014). This form of fraud may be committed by individuals who do not work for government bodies, such as those who dishonestly claim benefits or some other financial advantage (external fraud), or by those employed by entities including staff and contractors (internal fraud). Fraud may also involve collaboration between internal and external parties.

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Penny Jorna, Russell G. Smith, 2016, Fraud within the Commonwealth: a census of the most costly incidents, 2010–11 to 2012–13, Australian Institute of Criminology, viewed 01 June 2016, <http://apo.org.au/node/62099>.

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