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Fraud prevention and control

No perceived or actual instances of fraud were identified within PM&C in 2019–20.

PM&C maintained a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and corruption. We recognised that the national crises experienced during the last nine months could have presented new opportunities for fraudulent behaviour. PM&C participated in the Commonwealth Fraud Policy Working Group, an initiative run by the Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre in the Attorney-General’s Department. The group developed a national response to detecting and preventing fraud through knowledge sharing, collaboration and application of the latest strategies. This enabled PM&C to remain abreast of emerging fraud risks that are relevant to our operating environment space.

PM&C remained committed to preventing, detecting and responding to instances of real and suspected fraud by a staff member, contractor or those we partner with. Anyone who believed that a fraudulent activity had occurred within PM&C was encouraged to report the event via fraud [at] pmc.gov.au or our Fraud and Advice Hotline (02 6152 3598).

The Department’s approach to fraud detection and prevention was reinforced through online
e-learning induction training for all new employees with biennial refresher training.