Fraud against the Commonwealth 2022–23

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This Statistical Bulletin presents the results from the AIC’s 2022–23 Fraud Against the Commonwealth census.

Internal fraud investigations commenced decreased from the previous financial year, whereas external fraud investigations increased. The numbers of internal and external fraud allegations substantiated also decreased compared with the previous financial year.

Program information and program payments were the principal targets of substantiated internal and external fraud allegations respectively. Automatic processes and detection by a staff member were the primary methods of detecting internal and external fraud in 2022–23.

Internal fraud losses were greater and external fraud losses were lower than the losses reported in 2021–22. Australian Government entities reported smaller overall internal and external fraud recoveries in 2022–23 than in the previous financial year.


URLs correct as at April 2024

Attorney-General’s Department 2017. Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework. Canberra: Attorney-General’s Department.

Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre nd. Pressure test countermeasures to see if they are effective.

Jorna P & Smith RG 2019. Commonwealth fraud investigations 2016–17. Statistical Report no. 15. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.