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Collaborate with strategic partners

Type of countermeasure

This is a prevention countermeasure. Prevention countermeasures are the most common and cost effective way to stop fraud. They prevent or limit the size of the fraud risk by reducing the likelihood and consequences of fraud.

Summary

Collaborate with strategic partners such as other government entities, committees, working groups and taskforces. This allows you to share capability, information and intelligence and to prevent and disrupt fraud.

Why this countermeasure matters

A lack of collaboration with strategic partners may lead to:

  • less visibility of fraud and corruption risks, including cross-program risks
  • fraud or corrupt activity going unnoticed or unchallenged
  • less action and accountability to prevent, detect and respond to fraud and corruption
  • unknown and unaddressed systemic fraud or corruption.

How to put this countermeasure in place

Some ways to implement this countermeasure include:

  • partnering with other government entities, committees, working groups and taskforces to share information and data
  • working with policy entities to contribute to program design and implement legislative, policy, and procedural change
  • collaborating with international counterparts to share expertise, improve processes and prevent fraud
  • collaborating with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to help identify businesses undertaking unlawful business practices.

How to measure this countermeasure's effectiveness

Measure the effectiveness of this countermeasure by using the following methods:

  • Review documentation and outcomes to confirm regular collaboration is occurring.
  • Review the frequency of attendance and contribution to key meetings and fora.
  • Review the level of representation at key meetings and fora. Is this consistently delegated to subordinates?
  • Consult stakeholders on their views about the level of engagement by the entity.

Related countermeasures

Establish governance, accountability and oversight of processes by using delegations and requiring committees and project boards to oversee critical decisions and risk. Good governance, accountability and oversight increases transparency and reduces the opportunity for fraud.

Automatically match data with another internal or external source to obtain or verify relevant details or supporting evidence. This countermeasure is supported by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner's Guidelines on data matching in Australian government administration.

Conduct internal or external audits or reviews to evaluate the process, purpose and outcome of activities. Clients, public officials or contractors can take advantage of weaknesses in government programs and systems to commit fraud, act corruptly, and avoid exposure.

Coordinate disruption activities across multiple programs or entities to strengthen processes and identify serious and organised criminals targeting multiple programs.

 Investigate fraud in line with the Australian Government Investigation Standards (AGIS).

Related Fraudster Personas

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