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C2 Fraud prevention

The Fraud and Corruption, Prevention and Response Plan was reviewed in 2011 and describes the fraud and corruption control processes for undertaking risk assessments, delivering education and awareness programs, recording and reporting fraud. The processes establish a robust approach to fraud and corruption minimisation and prevention and ultimately, the promotion of voluntary compliance.

Risks identified in the Plan are addressed through the Directorate's Assurance Plan (including risks now managed by the ACT Shared Services Centre) and are reported to the Director-General and the Audit Committee. This ensures that the potential for fraud or corruption is mitigated with appropriate controls.

The Director of the Information, Communications and Governance is the Directorate's Senior Executive Responsible for Business Integrity Risk. The Director reports to the Director-General on matters of fraud and integrity and also reports to the Audit Committee. Reports are provided to the committee at least twice a year.

The Internal Audit Program for 2012-13 included audits of integrity risks designed to ensure that identified controls were working effectively and efficiently. During the year, audits were conducted on expenditure and procurement practices, funding agreements and receipting.

The Directorate's fraud and corruption prevention strategy is presented to all probationary teachers and central office staff. The ethics training raises awareness of fraud and is included in induction training sessions. Staff can access the Strategy on the Directorate's internet and intranet sites. Principals are required to affirm that they have held training sessions with staff by the end of term 2 each year.

The Directorate, in conjunction with the Australian Education Union, has developed the Teachers' Code of Professional Practice, which incorporates guidelines and case studies of a wide range of issues related to teacher conduct and principles of ethical public service. A copy is provided to all new teachers, including casual teachers, upon commencement. Copies are provided to schools on request and are available on the Directorate's website.

The Directorate has a comprehensive information management process to ensure all allegations and instances of fraud are captured and recorded, in accordance with the ACT Integrity Policy.

During the year, two incidents of potential fraud were reported but investigations found none constituted fraud. There were no reported incidents of fraud in the 2012-13 financial year. One incident from the previous financial year has been subject to continued investigation.

For more information contact:
Information, Communications and Governance
(02) 6205 9328