This report presents the findings of the eighth annual survey of the fraud experiences of Australian Government agencies reported pursuant to the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines 2002 (the Guidelines).
It is the fourth survey undertaken by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) and the fifteenth survey undertaken on behalf of the government since 1995–96. The Guidelines require the AIC to produce a report each year on fraud experienced by Australian Government agencies and the fraud control arrangements agencies use to minimise the risk of fraud. The current report is based on information from the 2009–10 financial year, supplied by Australian Government agencies to the AIC before 30 September 2010.
Relevant agencies completed a secure online survey. As required under the Guidelines, this report includes additional data provided by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) on fraud investigations and prosecutions, respectively. A review was also undertaken of other research into public sector fraud derived from various fraud surveys completed in recent years by market research organisations and consultancies. The results of this were compared with the findings of the current survey.