C2 - Fraud prevention

Plans, strategies and actions

The ESDD Audit Committee oversees the development and implementation of fraud prevention in line with ESDD’s Fraud and Corruption Policy Statement and Prevention Plan 2011–2013.  ESDD’s Strategic Risk Management Plan identifies fraud and corruption and includes strategies to mitigate the effect of these risks.

The Fraud and Corruption Prevention Plan was updated in March 2013, incorporating recommendations arising from the PwC Review of Effectiveness of the Fraud and Corruption Prevention Plan and Processes.

Awareness training

Awareness training covers the Fraud and Corruption Prevention Plan and the ACT Government Code of Ethics (defined in the Public Sector Management Act 1994 and Standards).  Fraud and corruption awareness training is provided to new staff during staff induction. Selected further training is facilitated during the year in sections and work groups including those considered as being at a higher risk or exposure to fraud and corruption. During the year the Governance Team undertook nine fraud awareness training sessions, involving 74 staff from various Corporate, Customer Services and Construction Services teams.

The plan and code are further promoted to all staff and reinforced regularly through internal communications.

Reports of fraud or corruption

During 2012–13 there was one allegation of suspected fraud investigated in ESDD, with a report from the relevant investigators yet to be finalised during the reporting period.