Reporting fraud and corruption against the department


The Treasury’s fraud and corruption control framework aims to ensure that we maintain high standards of service to the Australian Government and community. It is designed to protect public money and property; and the integrity, security and reputation of the department.

Fraud is defined by the Australian Government as 'Dishonestly obtaining a benefit, or causing a loss, by deception or other means'. In this definition, 'benefit' refers both to tangible items, such as money or objects, and intangible benefits including power, status or information.

Information about suspected fraudulent or corrupt behaviour against the Treasury can be reported to Information relating to fraud against other Government agencies must be reported to those agencies.

To enable the Treasury to undertake an assessment of the report, it is suggested the report provides:

  • details about the person/s involved, such as names, phone numbers, addresses, and relevant organisations; and
  • information about actions or activities suspected to be fraudulent or corrupt, including how, when and where the activity occurred; and
  • contact details (individuals may choose to remain anonymous).

The Treasury takes all allegations of fraud and corruption seriously. Reports will be assessed and investigated as appropriate, which may require involvement of external parties such as the AFP.

Due to privacy restrictions and/or the integrity of an investigation, feedback may not always be provided to the individual making the report. If the allegation involves another individual, the Treasury may not be able to provide information about the conduct or outcome of the investigation due to obligations under the Privacy Act 1988.