Learn about different entities involved in counter fraud
The Attorney-General's Department (AGD) is responsible for Commonwealth fraud control policy. The Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre in AGD aims to strengthen Commonwealth counter fraud capabilities.
Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions prosecutes alleged offences against Commonwealth law. This includes Commonwealth offences alleged to involve fraudulent conduct.
Australian National Audit Office
The Australian National Audit Office conducts performance audits of Commonwealth entities. This may include entities’ fraud control arrangements.
Australian Institute of Criminology
The Australian Institute of Criminology is Australia’s national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. It compiles trend data and publishes research and policy advice. It also informs crime and justice policy and practice in Australia by undertaking, funding and publishing relevant research of national significance. It does this by creating a crime and justice evidence base and by establishing a national knowledge centre.
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity
The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity supports the Integrity Commissioner to detect and prevent corrupt conduct, and to investigate corruption issues (including cases involving internal fraud) in prescribed Commonwealth entities with law enforcement functions.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is responsible for enforcing compliance with Australia's competition laws. These laws include criminal and civil prohibitions on fraud in the form of cartel conduct. Cartel conduct occurs when competitors conspire to fix or control prices, rig bids, restrict supply or allocate markets. The ACCC is committed to providing procurement officers within entities with the knowledge and tools needed to detect and report possible collusion by suppliers. The ACCC also runs Scamwatch to help consumers and businesses recognise, avoid and report scams.
Australian Security and Investments Commission
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator. ASIC administers and enforces a range of legislation. The laws we administer give us the powers we need to perform our role. These include powers to register financial services providers, issue financial services and credit licences, regulate and enforce the law. ASIC’s powers are designed to protect consumers against misconduct and harms relating to financial products and services.
State and territory police
State and territory police can investigate alleged criminal activity relating to Commonwealth government programs within their jurisdiction (for example, theft). They can also investigate matters involving fraud against individuals and/or private businesses.
Learn where to report fraud if you are a victim of fraud, a witness of fraud or if you suspect fraud.