1. Forward from the Secretary

Welcome to the 2016-2018 Fraud and Corruption Control Plan.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science takes our exposure to fraud seriously and has a zero tolerance for it occurring. The department is determined to take all reasonable measures to prevent and control fraud and properly manage public resources in a way that assures the integrity of the activities of the department while maximising benefits for the Australian people.

Fraud is a threat which affects every Commonwealth entity in all areas of business, including benefits, taxation, procurement, grants and internal procedures. Not only is it a criminal offence, fraud reduces funds available for delivering public goods and services, can place public safety at risk and undermines the integrity of and public confidence in the government.

Staff are also advised to be aware of the insider threat. The ‘trusted insider’ represents a real and enduring risk to everyday business practices. A trusted insider is someone who leaks information or takes material outside of our organisation without authorisation. Insider activity is damaging to an organisation’s reputation and can also be disruptive, expensive and a threat to both our economic and national security.

To ensure we meet our obligations under the Public Governance Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework 2014, the department has developed this ‘Fraud and Corruption Control Plan 2016-2018’. The Plan ensures that the department establishes and maintains appropriate systems of risk oversight and management, and that all reasonable measures are in place to prevent, detect and deal with fraud.

All staff and contractors have a role in the department’s fraud control arrangements, including actioning fraud risks when identified, reporting suspected fraud and participating in fraud control activities when they become available.

As APS employees, we are committed to the highest ethical standards. Our standards are embedded in the APS Values, Employment Principles, Code of Conduct and are demonstrated in our behaviour, which is a critical way to play your part in fraud control.

Glenys Beauchamp

Secretary
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

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