SENATOR THE HON KATY GALLAGHER
MINISTER FOR FINANCE
MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE
New Commonwealth Fraud and Corruption Control Framework
The Albanese Government has released the new Commonwealth Fraud and Corruption Control Framework which will come into effect on 1 July 2024.
Fraud and corruption can occur in any Australian Government body. Left unchecked they can divert resources from the Australian community, weaken our efforts to create a fairer Australia and undermine the important work of Government in developing and delivering services and programs.
The Albanese Government commenced work to update the framework following the establishment of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. The amended framework now contains provisions to mitigate corruption risk and will require all accountable authorities of corporate and non corporate Commonwealth entities to take steps to prevent, detect and respond to corruption and fraud against their entities.
The new measures, which build on existing counter fraud obligations, will complement the work of the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre in preventing fraud and corruption in the Commonwealth public sector.
The amendments will take effect from 1 July 2024 and complement the Government’s ongoing work to improve integrity and maintain public trust which includes:
- establishing the National Anti-Corruption Commission (which commenced operations on 1 July 2023)
- establishing a Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme, agreeing or agreeing in principle to all recommendations and taking action to implement them
- strengthening protections for public sector whistleblowers
- establishing and enforcing a robust Code of Conduct for Ministers and for Ministerial staff
- establishing an APS Integrity taskforce to identify gaps and opportunities to deliver system wide integrity improvements in the APS, and
- delivering a new Third National Action Plan under the Open Government Partnership.
The Albanese Government is committed to integrity, honesty and accountability in government. We are delivering a significant integrity reform agenda to restore public trust in government and strengthen standards of integrity in the federal public sector.
Thursday, 1 February 2024