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Wednesday, 3 February 2016
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Department of Immigration and Border Protection: Instances of fraud or theft

(Question No. 1768)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, 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 Dutton: The answer to the honourable member's question is:

(A) Alleged Internal Incidents 2014-15

   (i) There were 166 alleged internal incidents in 2014-15. Please note that a single case may be recorded across more than one category.

Alleged Internal Incidents 2014-15

Other financial benefits - Personal Gain

37

Obtaining or using personal information without authorisation

31

Falsification of documents in order to gain financial benefits

28

Obtaining or using information without authorisation (excluding personal information)

14

Payroll fraud

11

Providing false or misleading information, or failing to provide information when required to do so

9

Unable to be determined

7

Misuse of information - Loss/Removal

6

Leave and related entitlements

5

Use of entity logo or name without authorisation

4

Obtaining cash/currency without permission (including theft of petty cash)

4

Theft of consumable stock (office-related)

3

Misuse or theft of government credit cards, travel cards or other case cards

3

Procurement offences

3

Other entitlements - Employment/Promotion

3

Unable to be determined

2

Misuse of government equipment

1

Travel claims

1

Items which were unable to be determined were allegations in which gaining a benefit was recorded; however, the details of the actual benefit are unclear.

   (ii) Providing that level of detail would be an unreasonable diversion of departmental resources.

   (iii) The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) does not currently record the cost of internal fraud losses.

   (iv) DIBP has strong internal reporting and investigation capacity. All staff are required to participate in compulsory anti-fraud training and are subject to a mandatory reporting framework. The DIBP Integrity, Security and Assurance Division is responsible for fraud prevention and investigation, internal audit and education.

The Department has recently enhanced its Fraud and Corruption Risk Assessment process, taking a detailed and nuanced approach to examining risks across its operations. The Department has also commenced the implementation of its Fraud Control and Anti-Corruption Plan 2015-17 which includes a range of strategies to further enhance and codify its mature approach to managing fraud and corruption risk.

(B) Alleged External Incidents 2014-15

   (i ) There are 55,201 alleged external fraud incidents in 2014-15. Please note that a single case may be recorded across more than one category.

Misusing or claiming benefits without entitlement relating to visas/citizenship

28,164

Information - unable to be determined

10,615

Contrived Relationships

9,251

False Statements

8,522

Providing false or misleading information, or failing to provide information when required to do so

6,265

Misuse of identity - false documents

3,902

Misuse of identity - unable to be determined

2,000

Creating and/or using a fictitious identity

1,119

Unregistered Agents

849

Migration Agents - Registered

242

People Smuggling

225

People Trafficking

92

Unauthorised Arrivals

7

   (ii) Providing that level of detail would be an unreasonable diversion of departmental resources

   (iii) DIBP does not currently record external fraud losses. However, external cost recovery was $49,476.88 in 2014-15

   (iv) DIBP has extensive investigative capacity through a specialised division. A dob-in line is available for external parties to report fraud and all incidents are assessed and investigated where possible/appropriate. Education campaigns and the role of registered migration agents also assist to reduce the risks of external fraud.