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.
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 measure this countermeasure's effectiveness
Measure the effectiveness of this countermeasure using the following methods:
- Broadly compare investigation procedures with AGIS. See AGIS Chapter 1.2 Performance Measures.
- Consult analysts and investigators about their capability to investigate fraud.
- Confirm if fraud investigations have previously been completed.
- Retrieve and analyse fraud investigations data. For example:
- The number of cases referred for investigation compared to tip-offs received.
- The number of completed investigations compared to cases referred for investigation.
- The number of cases referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) compared to the number of completed investigations.
- The number of successful prosecutions 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: