B.6 Fraud Prevention

The Education Directorate’s Fraud and Corruption Framework complies with the requirements of the ACT Integrity Policy (2010) and incorporates the Fraud and Corruption, Prevention and Response Plan. The Director-General’s Financial Instructions (Integrity and Reporting) and the School Management Manual (Fraud Control and Prevention) describe the fraud and corruption control processes for undertaking risk assessments, delivering education and awareness programs, and recording and reporting fraud.

The Fraud and Corruption, Prevention and Response Plan and Integrity Risk Assessment and Action Plan have been reviewed and are being finalised to cover 2016 to 2018. As part of the review the following material has been considered:

  • Australian Standards AS8001 – 2008, Fraud and Corruption Control;
  • Best practice guidelines for the control of Fraud and Corruption;
  • work undertaken by other jurisdictions within Australia and other ACT Government Directorates; and
  • results from a Directorate-wide fraud and corruption control survey undertaken to raise awareness of policies and procedures for the prevention and response to fraud and corruption.

Risks identified in the Plan and mitigation strategies 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 Governance Branch is the Directorate’s Senior Executive Responsible for Business Integrity Risk (SERBIR).

The SERBIR reports to the Director-General on matters of fraud and integrity and also reports to the Audit Committee. Formal reports are provided to the Committee at least twice a year.

The Directorate, in conjunction with the Australian Education Union, has developed the Teachers’ Code of Professional Practice. A copy is made available to all new teachers, including casual teachers, on commencement. All new teachers are also required to undertake an online training on the Code as part of their induction program.

The general obligations of public employees (obligations) applying to all ACT Public Service staff are outlined in Section 9 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994 (PSM Act). These obligations are reinforced in the Public Sector Management Standards 2006 (Standards) and supported by the ACT Public Service Code of Ethics (Code of Ethics). Division 2.1.3 - Integrity of the Standards specifically addresses fraud and corruption. A copy of the obligations under section 9 of the PSM Act is provided with any application for employment in the Directorate.

Any person applying for employment with the Directorate is required to acknowledge that they have read and will comply with the provisions of Section 9 of the PSM Act, Section 153(1) of the Crimes Act 1900 (ACT) and Section 244 of the PSM Act. They are also required to acknowledge the consequences of breaching these requirements. Nothing in this acknowledgement is taken to discourage the disclosure of conduct that is “disclosable conduct” within the meaning of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1994.

The PSM Act, the Standards, the Code of Ethics and the Teachers’ Code of Professional Practice are all available on the Directorate’s website and intranet.

There were three reported incidents concerning fraud in the 2015-16 financial year. Following an investigation it was found that in one instance, fraud had not occurred. Investigations relating to the other two reported incidents continue.

For further information contact:
Director
Governance
(02) 6205 5511

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