As information about fraud and deception-related crime is not collected by the ABS, this section presents data extracted from information published by state and territory police agencies. The classifications of fraud and deception-related offences include cheque and credit card fraud, fraudulent trade practices, social security fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, bribery and other deception offences. Precise definitions may vary by state.
Police record fraud offences by financial year. Fraud is believed to be one of the most under-reported offences, with fewer than 50 percent of incidents being reported to police or other authorities.
Reported fraud offences from 1995–96 to 2006–07 (number)
- The trend in fraud reported to and recorded by police annually over the 12-year period has been relatively stable. The number of fraud offences in 2006–07 was the third lowest since 1995–96.
Other publications, surveys and data sources
- Personal fraud survey
Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Personal fraud Australia, 2007
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra : Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2008
- Australian computer crime and security survey
AusCERT, AHTCC and Australian police agencies, 2002-2006
- KPMG Faud surveys
Fraud survey 2008
Fraud survey 2004 (PDF 2.3MB)
Fraud survey 2002, Australia and New Zealand
1999 fraud survey
1997 fraud survey
- Global economic crime survey
- What lies behind the growth in fraud?
Marilyn Chilvers, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, 2002
- The phantom menace : setting the record straight about online credit card fraud (PDF 564kB)
Australian Computer Society, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and National Office for the Information Economy, 2000
- Fraud : what response?
Russell G Smith, 1999
- Measuring the extent of fraud in Australia
Russell Smith, 1997
- Fraud against organisations in Victoria : summary of findings from a survey of medium and large organisations in 1994
Kevin O'Toole, Neville Millen and Ranjut Murugason, Deakin University 1994