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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 197

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development: Instances of Fraud or Theft

(Question No. 1761)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, in writing, on 10 November 2015:

Were there any instances of fraud or theft detected by the department from (a) internal sources, or (b) external sources, that resulted in a cost to the department in 2014-15; if so, (i) what fraud or theft took place, (ii) when did the fraud or theft take place, (iii) what was the cost to the department of this fraud or theft, and (iv) what is being done to prevent the fraud or theft occurring again.


Mr Truss: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Please refer to Attachment A.

ATTACHMENT A

(a) internal source (b) external source

(i) what fraud or theft took place

(ii) when did the fraud or theft take place

(iii) what was the cost to the department of this fraud or theft

(iv) what is being done to prevent the fraud or theft occurring again.

(a) Internal Source

Employee provided fraudulent evidence in relation to paid leave.

On three occasions between November 2014 and February 2015.

Nil: Payment for three days leave was subsequently recovered from the employee.

 

The employee was found to have breached of the APS Code of Conduct and a sanction was applied under subsection 15(1) of the Public Service Act 1999.

The Department has internal procedures for the appropriate use of leave and monitors use through regular reporting.

(a) Internal Source

While working oversees, the employee made a number of incorrect payments, and failed to make other payments.

On a number of occasions between August 2013 until September 2014.

Nil: An overpayment was subsequently recovered from the employee.

 

The employee was found to have breached the APS Code of Conduct and a sanction was applied under subsection 15(1) of the Public Service Act 1999.

Employees are thoroughly briefed on relevant payments and procedures prior to working overseas.

(b) External Source

Departmental laptop stolen from employee's home.

3 November 2014.

$780.03

The Department has appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation and reporting mechanisms that meet the specific needs of the Department.