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Monday, 30 November 2015
Page: 14259

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources: Fraud and Theft

(Question No. 1766)


Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, 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 Joyce: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) Internal sources:

The department recorded two substantiated instances of fraud during 2014-15 and no substantiated theft.

(i) Both substantiated fraud matters related to entitlement fraud.

(ii) Of the two substantiated internal fraud matters that occurred during 2014-15, one occurred multiple times between 2010 and 2014, and the other occurred multiple times between 2014 and 2015.

(iii) The value of the internal fraud losses reported in 2014-2015 was $13,894.20.

(iv) The department met all of its requirements under the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework 2014 and completed a suite of fraud and corruption risk assessment and control documentation. These include the department's Fraud and Corruption Control Plan 2015, Fraud Risk Assessment 2015 and Corruption Risk Assessment 2014-16. These documents acknowledge the potential fraud and corruption risks impacting the department and communicate the range of prevention, detection and response mechanisms that the department has in place to manage these risks. The ongoing implementation of prevention, detection and response treatments proposed in these documents aim to prevent known instances of internal fraud or theft occurring again.

(b) External sources:

The department recorded 44 incidents of alleged fraud during 2014-15.

(i) The categories of external fraud allegations reported relate to obtaining or using information without authorisation (44 incidents).

(ii) The 44 incidents of external fraud were reported between the 2014-15 financial year.

(iii) The value of potential external fraud losses reported in 2014-15 was unable to be quantified.

The department met all of its requirements under the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework 2014 and completed a suite of fraud and corruption risk assessment and control documentation. These include the department's Fraud and Corruption Control Plan 2015, Fraud Risk Assessment 2015 and Corruption Risk Assessment 2014-16. These documents acknowledge the potential fraud and corruption risks impacting the department and communicate the range of prevention, detection and response mechanisms that the department has in place to manage these risks. The ongoing implementation of prevention, detection and response treatments proposed in these documents aim to prevent known instances of external fraud or theft occurring again.