Fraud Prevention

Plans, strategies and actions

The ACTPS Integrity Policy requires agencies to review their fraud and corruption prevention plans every two years. The revised Fraud and Corruption Prevention Plan 2014–2016 was approved by the Director-General in September 2014. The comprehensive review of the existing plan involved consultation with key managers and the Executive. This review led to the consolidation, simplification and removal of duplication of fraud and corruption risks, resulting in the number of risks being substantially reduced.

The review also involved an online all-staff survey, to which nearly 100 staff responded. Responses were generally positive, with response rates of around 75% agreeing or strongly agreeing to the fraud and corruption initiatives in the Directorate. The survey identified areas of improvement, which are being addressed as part of the new plan. The survey’s two ‘open’ questions provided the opportunity for staff to raise specific concerns, with this information brought to the attention of relevant managers. The survey was also provided to other directorates via the ACT Internal Audit Network, allowing possible scope for external benchmarking between directorates over time.

Awareness training

Awareness training of the Fraud and Corruption Prevention Plan and the ACT Government Code of Ethics (defined in the Public Sector Management Act 1994 and Standards) is provided to new staff during staff induction. Further training is given during the year to different sections and work groups.

During 2014–15 the Governance team undertook 13 training sessions involving 250 staff. Nine training sessions for 120 staff in the higher risk areas involved fraud and corruption prevention awareness and public interest disclosures. Four training sessions, involving 130 staff, were held covering fraud and corruption prevention awareness, public interest disclosures, risk management, business continuity, security and lobbyists.

The Fraud and Corruption Prevention Plan is promoted to all staff and reinforced regularly through internal communications.

Reports of fraud or corruption

No reports or allegations of fraud or corruption were received during 2014–15.