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Annual fraud against the Commonwealth census 2017


Fraud against the Commonwealth is a serious matter for all Australian Commonwealth entities and the Australian public. It prevents taxpayer dollars from reaching intended targets and affects the government's ability to deliver key services. The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (PGPA Rule) require all non-corporate Commonwealth entities to provide the AIC with fraud control information which is used in the preparation of an annual report for the Minister for Justice. Corporate Commonwealth entities are not required to comply with the Fraud Policy; however they should align their fraud control frameworks with the Fraud Policy as a matter of good practice.

The 2016-17 online questionnaire is now available for entities to complete on a secure website. Entity heads have been sent a letter containing access information and a link to the secure website. The link to complete the questionnaire online is also below. A copy of the questionnaire is also available here on the AIC website for viewing before completing the online version.

Entities are asked to complete the census online instead of providing a paper submission. If entities wish to make a paper submission, please contact Penny Jorna, AIC Research Analyst at

The AIC would appreciate completion of the survey by Monday, 2 October 2017.

Australian Commonwealth entities with queries regarding the questionnaire or data collection details can contact Further information on fraud in the public sector is available in the fraud and corporate crime section of the AICs website.

Related links

  • Australian Government Attorney-General's Department : Fraud control