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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 198

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Instances of Fraud or Theft

(Question No. 1762)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, 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.


Ms Julie Bishop: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) (i) and (ii) There was one instance of internal fraud concerning falsification of medical certificates. This occurred in November 2014.

(iii) $4,930. The department has instigated action to recover these funds.

(iv) and (b) (i) - (iv) Details are available in the Factsheet:Fraud Control and Anti-Corruption within DFAT, including the Australian aid program on the department's website (http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Pages/fraud-control-within-the-australian-aid-program.aspx).