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Public transparency

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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Publish information on your entity’s decision-making processes, decisions made, successful tenderers or grantees, incidents and breaches.

Why this countermeasure matters

Transparency in decision making:

  • deters fraud
  • makes fraud harder to conceal.

Being transparent when fraud occurs disrupts fraud by making fraudsters aware that their activity has been detected and is being investigated.

How you might apply this countermeasure

Some ways to implement this countermeasure include:

  • publishing information on:
    • your entity’s decision-making processes
    • entities or individuals receiving government funding
    • which decisions have been made
    • approved providers or licence holders
    • conflicts of interest on external influences
    • fraud incidents
  • notifying the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner of data breaches.

How to check if your countermeasures are effective

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

  • review decision making procedures
  • review information published on decisions
  • interview staff and stakeholders to identify their awareness of decisions
  • confirm the existence of reference and guidance material
  • review conflict of interest registers
  • review how fraud incidents are reported and communicated.

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.

Clearly document decision-makers using delegations, authorisations and instructions. Clearly defined decision-making powers increase transparency and reduce the opportunity for fraud and corruption.

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

Use system workflows to make sure all requests, claims or activities are approved only by the appropriate decision-maker.

Prepare summary reports on activities for clients, managers or responsible staff.

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