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International Fraud Awareness Week is dedicated to raising awareness of fraud and working towards reducing its impacts. We are hosting a series of counter fraud talks for Australian Commonwealth officials.

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Between November 2019 and March 2020, the Centre conducted the Fraud Capability Baseline Assessment Project to capture statistics on counter fraud capability across 19 Commonwealth programs and functions. The assessments also helped participants to understand more about their fraud risks and opportunities for capability building.

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Dr Russell G Smith is retiring as a Principal Criminologist at the Australian Institute of Criminology in November 2020. Throughout his career, he has been a strong supporter of the counter fraud community. We were lucky enough to ask him some questions about his career and plans for the future.

Centre updates
Find out what the Centre has been working on in this last quarter and what new tools are now available to support your counter fraud activities. This quarter the Centre began to return to business as usual after being part of the COVID-19 Taskforce.

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Mark Cheeseman from the UK Cabinet Office shares the lessons he learnt from fighting fraud during a global pandemic. He discusses having a structure for a fraud risk assessment, understanding the environment and acting with common purpose, having the fraud conversation and having it with integrity, post event reviews and getting money back, and breaking out of our silos and sharing.

Centre updates
While redeploying our resources and efforts to the joint Commonwealth COVID-19 Counter Fraud Taskforce in March, the Centre was still able to further some of our existing 2020 priorities. These achievements have been outlined in this article.

Centre updates
After quickly recognising the need for a swift and coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre and the Australian Federal Police’s Operation Ashiba combined forces between March and June to establish the Commonwealth COVID-19 Counter Fraud Taskforce (the Taskforce).

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The Australian Government acts fast to support Australians. It established the National Bushfire Recovery Agency to support bushfire victims and introduced many measures to support Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic. However opportunistic fraudsters are taking advantage of this quick action. In response the Centre has developed some key guiding principles to help reduce fraud during a rapid response.

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Grants are widely used to deliver valuable services and support to many Australians. They are also subject to significant integrity risks. Have you got some insights into fraud risks in grants administration? We want to hear from you.