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Thursday, 9 February 2017
Page: 620

Attorney-General's Department: Instances of fraud or theft

(Question No. 197)


Mr Keogh: asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, in writing, on 7 November 2016:

Were there any instances of fraud or theft detected by departments or agencies within the Minister's portfolio from (a) internal sources, or (b) external sources, that resulted in cost to the department or agency in 2015-16; if so (i) what fraud or theft took places, (ii) when did the fraud or theft take place, (iii) what was the cost to the department or agency of this fraud or theft, and (iv) what action has been taken to prevent such theft or fraud occurring again.


Mr Keenan: The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Attorney-General's Department:

o Nil

Administrative Appeals Tribunal, (b) (i) - (iv):

o One incident of theft occurred from an external source in 2015-16. On 23 February 2016, at approximately 7pm, an individual gained access to an office located at the AAT Registry at City Road Melbourne and removed a mobile phone from a desk. There was no cost to the agency as the phone was of negligible value. A police report was filed. A faulty access control locking mechanism was repaired to prevent any future unauthorised entries and security awareness procedures were reviewed with all employees.

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity:

o Nil

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission & Australian Institute of Criminology:

o Australian Institute of Criminology: Nil

o Australian Crime Commission: Nil

o CrimTrac, (a) (i) - (v):

 CrimTrac had one documented instance of suspected fraud that was documented in CrimTrac's 2014-2015 Annual Report to the Minister on Fraud and Corruption Control involving a contractor falsifying timesheets. While the cost to the CrimTrac Agency was not considered significant, the matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police for consideration. The contractor was terminated on 23 July 2015.

o The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission is currently in the process of reviewing and updating its planning documentation related to fraud control, and continues to provide ongoing fraud awareness training to staff and contractors.

Australian Federal Police

o Nil

Australian Financial Security Authority

o Nil

Australian Human Rights Commission

o Nil

Australian Law Reform Commission

o Nil

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

o Nil

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)

o Nil

Family Court of Australia

o Nil

Federal Circuit Court of Australia

o Nil

Federal Court of Australia

o Nil

High Court of Australia

o Nil

National Archives of Australia

o Nil

Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

o Nil

Office of Parliamentary Counsel

o Nil

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

o Nil