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The Organised

The Organised are groups which use a combination of methods in planned, coordinated and sophisticated ways to dishonestly gain benefits.

Organised crime groups in Australia can range from local crime groups to overseas based groups. They are diverse, flexible, capable, resourceful and resilient. They evolve and adapt to changes in the environment to look for vulnerabilities to exploit for criminal gain. They are also increasingly using professional facilitators and service providers to help or facilitate their criminal activities.

Examples:

  • A sophisticated scam operator creates a false business and website to legitimise a fraud scheme.
  • A serious and organised crime group collaborates with an accountant to falsify business records to receive grant funding.

Case studies

Four people have been charged by the Australia Federal Police (AFP) for allegedly submitting false claims to gain early access to superannuation savings. This scheme is designed to assist members of the community who are in severe financial hardship. They were arrested by the AFP’s Anti-Fraud Taskforce Iris following a referral from the Australian Taxation Office-led Serious Financial Crime Taskforce.

Australian Federal Police arrested a group of 5 people who allegedly stole $1.1 million from those managing the affairs of 70 people with National Disability Insurance Scheme plans. The group allegedly established 3 registered providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme and provided over-inflated invoices or no service at all. If found guilty of the alleged offences, they face between 12 months and up to 10 years in prison.

Countermeasures

Counter the Organised using measures that support information sharing and strategic collaboration:

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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