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Journal article

1 Oct 2017

This article seeks to redress the lack of consideration of welfare matters in the context of admission to the legal profession.


2 Aug 2017

During 2016, the Australian Payments Network commissioned significant research on online card fraud to better target preventative measures. This research focused on the impact of CNP fraud on consumers, learnings from other countries on CNP fraud prevention, and how the online payments landscape, CNP fraud...

Research report

15 May 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) eighth annual report on scam activity highlights the significant harm scams continue to cause to the Australian community. This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community.


15 May 2017

During this year’s National Consumer Fraud Week (15 - 19 May), Scamwatch is providing advice to Australians to help them ‘spot social media scams’.

Research report

3 Mar 2017


From financial years 2010–11 to 2014–14, Commonwealth entities experienced 9,467 incidents of internal fraud, with losses of over $12.7m.

This study analysed information about the most costly incidents each entity experienced each year and those who perpetrated these. The majority of...

Research report

28 Feb 2017

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of the audit was to assess the Department of Human Services’ and the Department of Social Services’ management of selected fraud prevention and compliance Budget measures. To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the ANAO adopted...

Research report

20 Feb 2017

In response to the censuses, more than a third of Commonwealth entities reported experiencing fraud over the four financial years 2010–11 to 2013–14. Over 90 percent of reported frauds were allegedly perpetrated by members of the public, and the remainder by Commonwealth employees or contractors....

Research report

28 Nov 2016


The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates consumer fraud costs Australians $1.4b per year. Advances in technology allow fraudsters to reach an increasing number of potential victims. Age has long been considered a potential factor in the risk of victimisation; however, it remains...

Research report

16 Nov 2016

Identity crime provides a foundation for many other forms of serious crime. Fraudulent identities may be used for money laundering, tax evasion, dealing in stolen motor vehicles, or to protect the true identities of organised crime members.

In addition to facilitating the commission of...

Research report

31 Oct 2016

AUSTRAC identified higher than anticipated risks of fraud, cybercrime and terrorism financing in the superannuation sector, and has assessed the overall risk of ML/TF activity as medium. This report aims to develop awareness in the sector of these risks and help harden APRA-regulated superannuation funds...

Research report

11 Aug 2016

Although fraud has been practiced throughout history, the advent of the internet has created new and effective avenues for targeting potential victims. Victims of online fraud experience substantial financial and other harms, resulting in annual losses in Australia of more than $2b, significant organisational disruption...

Research report

16 May 2016

This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community.

Snapshot of 2015

Overall contact levels and financial losses

In 2015, the ACCC continued to observe a high level of scams activity in Australia,...

Research report

29 Apr 2016


Biometric technologies make use of an individual’s unique biological characteristics to identify them in their dealings with government and business. Common biometrics include fingerprints, iris recognition, voice pattern recognition and facial recognition, among others.

There has been a considerable increase in...

Briefing paper

9 Mar 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.

Foreword: Fraud against the Commonwealth is defined as ‘dishonestly obtaining a benefit or causing a loss, by...

Journal article

2 Mar 2016

Drawing on interview research with compliance staff from the Australian Department of Human Services, this paper critically explores how the rationality of risk figures in the process of welfare surveillance in Australia.

Summary Over the last three decades, welfare states across the West...

Journal article

1 Jan 2016

This study reports on attitudes towards tax evasion and welfare fraud in Australia and New Zealand. The study challenges extant policy arrangements that allow for different outcomes where crimes result in similar harm.

Research report

9 Sep 2015

Misuse of personal information lies at the heart of identity crime and continues to affect all sectors of the Australian community.


To understand the trends associated with identity crime and misuse in Australia, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) was, in...

Research report

20 Aug 2015


This report analyses serious, transnational and organised crime and the harms it causes to Australia’s interest, with the aim of reinvigorating a discussion of this critical matter amongst Australians.

This web impacts on our national interests to the sum of an...

Research report

31 Jul 2015

This report presents the results of a longitudinal census of fraud incidents experienced by Commonwealth entities and the ways in which fraud risk has been managed and controlled.


The Commonwealth Government’s Fraud reporting requirements include the annual provision of information to...

Research report

29 Jul 2015

The number, type and sophistication of cyber security threats to Australia and Australians are increasing. Due to the varied nature of motivations for cyber adversaries targeting Australian organisations, organisations could be a target for malicious activities even if they do not think the information held...