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Connect and share with the counter fraud community

Collaboration is key to breaking down silos, creating new learning opportunities and helping us all share better practices and information. We are stronger together and should take advantage of the vast amount of knowledge available across our community.

Information sharing is also critical for preventing and detecting fraud, and should form part of your counter fraud strategy. There are a number of methods and resources available to help you share information. Learn more on the Use Data to Counter Fraud page.


Communities of practice and Practitioner Networks

We are a member of several communities of practice and working groups across Australia and internationally. These groups help to foster collaboration, facilitate shared learning and strengthen engagement with key stakeholders.

Contact us if you would like to find out more about these communities.

We currently run a Pressure Testing Practitioner Network for Australian Government officials to strengthen connections and drive leading edge pressure-testing capability. The Practitioner Network brings together officials practicing pressure testing to learn, share lessons, experiences, and practices to build each other’s fraud control and assurance capability to counter fraud.

Membership is open to Australian Government officials at the EL level who lead or are planning to implement pressure testing activities in their entity.

Contact us with your name, position, branch, entity and contact details to join.


Fraud Awareness Week

Fraud Awareness Week is a 7-day international event run in November each year Hundreds of organisations around the world come together and pledge to spread fraud awareness in their communities.  The Centre’s contribution for Fraud Awareness Week includes presentations and discussions on key topics, issues and trends relevant to fraud, risk and governance. The forum provides valuable opportunities to engage with Australian fraud professionals working in the public sector.

In 2024, Fraud Awareness week will be held from November 10-16. The Centre will be promoting this year’s theme and events through our usual stakeholder channels.

Our newsletter provides updates on our future events. Subscribe via the form on our website footer.


Commonwealth counter-fraud contact list

The following is a list of counter-fraud contacts for Commonwealth entities. Contact us to be added to the list.

Attorney-General's the Attorney-General's Department
Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) the AEC's Fraud Investigation Unit
Australian Federal Police (AFP) the Australian Federal Police (Please mark for the attention of Operation Ashiba)
Australian Skills Quality the Australian Skills Quality Authority
Australian Tax the Australian Tax Office internal fraud team
Contact the Australian Tax Office external fraud team (tax crime)
Clean Energy the Clean Energy Regulator
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry internal fraud and corruption team
Contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry external Fraud and Corruption team
Department of the Department of Defence
Department of Education, Skills and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Department of the Department of Finance
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Passport Fraud and Compliance Section) the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Department of Home the Department of Home Affairs
Department of Industry, Science and the Department of Industry, Science and Resources
Department of Social the Department of Social Services
Department of Veterans the Department of Veterans Affairs
Murray Darling Basin the Murray Darling Basin Authority
National Disability Insurance the National Disability Insurance Agency
National Indigenous Australians the National Indigenous Australians Agency
Services Services Australia fraud investigation area
Contact Services Australia fraud control area


Different entities involved in counter fraud

Attorney-General's Department

The Attorney-General's Department (AGD) is responsible for Commonwealth fraud control policy. The Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre in the department 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.

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