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Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework

Attorney-General's Department
Publication date
August 2017

Changes to the framework

The Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre (the Centre) is updating the 3 documents that make up the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework. The updated framework will include provisions to mitigate corruption risk, to complement the function of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. These amendments are part of a suite of reforms to improve the standards of integrity across the public sector.

The revised framework is being finalised and does not take effect until 1 July 2024.

Please refer to this page for updates, join our mailing list below or reach out to for more information. Access the current Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework 2017 below.

Consultation to date

In February 2023, the Centre consulted broadly via a consultation paper discussing proposed changes to section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Rule 2014 (also known as the Fraud Rule). Many entities contributed useful feedback, which is being considered in the drafting of the amendments to this rule.

In June 2023, the Centre sought feedback on the draft Fraud and Corruption Control Policy 2024. The policy is being substantially rewritten to flow alongside section 10 of the PGPA Rule. The draft policy clauses align and build upon requirements in the new Fraud and Corruption Rule, outlining the minimum procedural requirements required to establish and maintain an appropriate system of fraud and corruption control.

Recent newsletter articles are linked below:

The Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework 2017

This framework outlines the Australian Government's requirements for fraud control. It requires that government entities put in place a comprehensive fraud control program that covers prevention, detection, investigation and reporting strategies.

Fraud Rule

This is Section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Rule 2014, a legislative instrument binding all Commonwealth entities. It sets out the key requirements of fraud control. It can be found within the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework or as part of the PGPA Rule on the Federal Register of Legislation.

Fraud Control Policy

This binds non-corporate Commonwealth entities and sets out procedural requirements for specific areas of fraud control such as investigations and reporting. It can be found within the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework.

Fraud Guidance

This supports the Fraud Rule and Fraud Policy by setting out the government's expectations for fraud control arrangements within all Commonwealth entities (also known as the Resource Management Guide No. 201 - Preventing, detecting and dealing with fraud). It can be found within the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework.

Read the Framework

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