Fraud prevention and control

Fraud against the University is a serious matter. Not only is it a crime, but incidents of fraud can undermine public confidence in the University.

ANU has zero tolerance for fraud and corruption, and is committed to minimising its occurrence by identifying fraud risks and developing, implementing and regularly reviewing its fraud prevention, detection and control strategies.

The University’s Fraud Control Framework sets out the overall context and arrangements for managing fraud risks, meeting the requirements of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (Cth) and providing consistent guidance for staff.

The Framework is underpinned by:

  • a Fraud and Corruption Control policy, which underlines the seriousness of the proscribed conduct and makes clear that fraud control is part of a broader integrity framework that deals with a range of unethical and potentially criminal conduct;
  • a Fraud Control procedure, which sets out the processes and responsibilities for preventing, detecting, reporting and investigating fraud;
  • a University Fraud Control Plan, which summarises the fraud prevention and detection activities to be undertaken across the University in 2017 and 2018; and
  • a Fraud Risk Assessment Template, to assist Colleges, Research Schools and Service Divisions to undertake fraud risk assessments every two years or when major changes occur.

These documents were approved by Council on 21 July 2017.

Reporting suspected fraud

Fraud prevention and control is everyone’s responsibility. The University encourages staff, students, and others who are associated with the University to report suspected incidents of fraud, either to their supervisor or manager, or to the Director, Corporate Governance and Risk Office (CGRO). What may look like fraudulent activity may be found to be the result of a mistake or poor practice, but all reports will be investigated and appropriate action taken.

Suspected instances of fraud related to research misconduct should be reported in accordance with the Research misconduct and serious research misconduct procedure.

If a supervisor or line manager receives a report that suggests criminal conduct, they have a duty under section 60A of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 to report the matter to an Authorised Officer for Public Interest Disclosures. The University will also act to protect those who provide information about suspected fraud, as outlined in the Public Interest Disclosure Policy.

Where to get help

The Corporate Governance & Risk Office (CGRO) provides information, advice and support in relation to:

  • preparing fraud risk assessments;
  • potential fraud risks;
  • fraud awareness training; and
  • reporting suspected fraudulent activity.

A range of reference materials is available on this site.

CGRO will be conducting fraud awareness training sessions for all staff from August 2017. If you would like to arrange training for your area, please contact Morgan Hitchcock, Senior Auditor.