Fraud against the Commonwealth 2021-22

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This Statistical Bulletin presents the results from the AIC’s 2021–22 Fraud Against the Commonwealth census.

The number of both internal and external fraud investigations commenced increased from the previous financial year. Fewer internal fraud allegations were substantiated compared with 2020–21 while more external fraud allegations were substantiated.

Of the substantiated allegations, the most common targets for internal and external frauds were program information and program payments respectively. Automatic processes were the common method of detecting both internal and external fraud in 2021–22.

The total losses from internal and external fraud reported in 2021–22 were less than in 2020–21. Commonwealth government entities reported greater overall internal and external fraud recoveries in 2021–22 than in the previous financial year.