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Fraud within the Commonwealth: A census of the most costly incidents 2014

Statistical bulletin no. 02

Russell G Smith & Penny Jorna
ISSN 2206-7302
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, March 2017

Foreword | From financial years 2010–11 to 2014–14, Commonwealth entities experienced 9,467 incidents of internal fraud, with losses of over $12.7m.

This study analysed information about the most costly incidents each entity experienced each year and those who perpetrated these. The majority of the 166 frauds related to employee entitlements or financial benefits, and most were committed through the misuse of documents or technology.

The findings provide an insight into the fraud risks facing the Commonwealth and how these might best be addressed.