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Internal escalation procedures

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.

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Escalate non-standard requests or claims for further review or scrutiny. Non-standard requests or claims might include those that are late, do not meet normal conditions, include evidence that is difficult to verify (such as from overseas) or are for amounts that are higher than normal.

Why this countermeasure matters

A lack of internal processes to escalate non-standard requests or claims can lead to:

  • disorganised or inconsistent practices and decision-making
  • fraudsters using confusion and deception to exploit processes
  • fraudsters receiving payments or services they are not entitled to
  • fraudsters accessing information or systems without a business need
  • fraudsters providing false or misleading information or evidence to support a request or claim
  • fraudsters concealing information that would affect their entitlement.

How you might apply this countermeasure

Some ways to implement this countermeasure include:

  • having an escalation point, such as a policy team or ICT helpdesk, for more complex requests or claims
  • escalating claims that exceed a certain monetary threshold for further scrutiny
  • having a separate policy team review and action complex, uncommon or late claims.

How to check if your countermeasures are effective

Here are some ways to measure the effectiveness of this type of countermeasure:

  • review the policies and procedures for escalating requests or claims
  • confirm non-standard requests and claims are escalated to someone with sufficient delegation, independence or expertise
  • confirm escalation processes are consistently applied
  • analyse statistics of non-standard requests or claims to discover what percentage of claims fall in this category and if it aligns with the number of escalations
  • review a sample of non-standard requests or claims to confirm correct escalation processes were followed
  • ask staff about internal escalation processes to make sure they have a consistent and correct understanding
  • identify how escalation requirements are communicated to staff
  • confirm that someone cannot bypass escalation processes or systems even when subject to pressure or coercion
  • review the training staff receive to make sure it includes information about escalation procedures.

Related countermeasures

This type of countermeasure is supported by:

Adequately resourced prevention and compliance areas enable entities to perform effective countermeasures.

Develop clear instructions and guidance for activities and processes, such as instructions for collecting the right information to verify eligibility or entitlements, procedures to help staff apply consistent and correct processes and guidance to help staff make correct and ethical decisions.

Provide staff with adequate training to increase likelihood that correct and consistent processes and decisions will be applied.

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