B6 - Fraud Prevention
The ACT Integrity Policy 2010 requires ACT Government directorates to prepare a Fraud and Corruption Prevention Plan and Fraud Risk Assessment every two years. The Fraud and Corruption Prevention Plan 2017-19 and Fraud and Risk Assessment was finalised in February 2017.
The Directorate's Essential Learning Framework requires all staff to attend:
- induction that covers section 9 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994, which includes specific activities and interactions that explore fraud and ethics scenarios
- fraud and ethics specific training sessions that are continually rolled out throughout the year.
In 2017-18, all Urban Renewal, Suburban Land Agency and City Renewal Authority employees received fraud and ethics training.
The Directorate circulated all staff emails advising of the process for reporting suspected fraud within the Directorate. Relevant documents, including the Fraud and Corruption Prevention Plan 2017-19, are available on the intranet. In addition, an all-staff email provided information on public interest disclosures including reference to the Guidelines for Public Interest Disclosure 2017, and identified the Directorate's disclosure officers and details what a public interest disclosures is and how to make a disclosure.
Incidents of Fraud Reported 2017-18
Six reports or allegations of fraud or corruption were received and initial assessments undertaken in 2017-18. The Senior Executive Responsible for Business Integrity and Risk (SERBIR)/Disclosure Officer made no finding in regard to fraudulent or corrupt behaviour.
During an initial assessment under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012 of an allegation of fraud or corruption, it was noted a staff member had accessed files for a project for which they had made a conflict of interest declaration. The Directorate's Disclosure Officer recommended the staff member be counselled and informed of the obligations in relation to conflicts of interest. Despite the staff member accessing the file, there was no evidence they had taken part in or influenced any decision-making in relation to the project.
Following the 1 July 2017 administrative arrangement changes, the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate transferred for review and investigation a case of a payment of a suspected fraudulent invoice. An Accounts Payable Fraud Detection and Prevention Review was completed in October 2017. The Directorate has introduced and implemented internal control measures in relation to invoice payments to protect against fraud. The Directorate is assisting the Australian Federal Police in its investigations.