Investigate fraud in line with the Australian Government Investigation Standards (AGIS).
Why this countermeasure matters
The prosecution must prove every element of an offence beyond reasonable doubt to convict someone. Fraud investigations not in line with AGIS can:
- be less effective
- reduce the likelihood of prosecutions
- encourage individuals to commit fraud if they think the chance of a successful prosecution is low
- lead to suspects and/or innocent third parties being unfairly treated.
How to put this countermeasure in place
Some ways to implement this countermeasure include investigating fraud using a suite of investigation tools like:
- search warrants
- records of interview
- financial analysis
- digital forensics.
How to check if your countermeasures are effective
To measure the effectiveness of this type of countermeasure:
- broadly compare investigation procedures with the AGIS (see AGIS (Chapter 1.2) Performance Measures)
- consult analysts and investigators about their capability to fraud investigations of this specific or similar type
- confirm that investigations have previously been completed into fraud of this specific or similar type
- retrieve and analyse investigations data related fraud of this specific or similar type. For example:
- the number of cases of this specific type referred for investigation compared to tip-offs received o the number of completed investigations of this specific type compared to cases referred for investigation
- the number of cases of this specific type referred to the CDPP compared to the number of completed investigations
- the number of successful prosecutions of this specific type compared to the number of cases referred to the CDPP.
- review feedback from the CDPP on the previous briefs of evidence
- review the results of any audits into investigation standards.
This type of countermeasure is supported by: