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|Fraud prevention in local government (report)||784.23 KB|
Recent high profile investigations into fraud in the public sector by the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) in Western Australia (WA) have featured a number of local government entities (entities).
There are 148 entities in WA. In 2017-18, the sector spent more than $4 billion, employed around 17,000 staff, and administered $45 billion of assets. Fraud in this sector could result in substantial material and reputational losses, and this level of risk calls for entities to implement strong controls and better practice approaches to reduce the threat of fraud.
This audit reviewed whether entities have taken appropriate steps to prevent fraud, through the following lines of inquiry:
The purpose of this audit was to review the systems that entities had in place. We did not seek to identify any specific instances of fraud.