Reporting suspected fraud

By reporting suspected fraudulent or unethical behaviour you can help us ensure that public and government confidence in the integrity of the Institute's activities is maintained.

What fraud is

The Australian Government defines fraud as:

'Dishonestly obtaining a benefit or causing a loss by deception or other means.'

Why report fraud

Fraud against Australian Government agencies is a major concern to the Australian Government. As taxpayers, we are all responsible for ensuring fraud is kept to a minimum. Preventing the incidence of fraud ensures that public and government confidence in the integrity of the Institutes' activities is maintained.

We are determined to ensure that when fraud occurs, it is rapidly detected, effectively investigated, prosecuted appropriately and the proceeds of the fraud recovered.

For further information on Fraud against the Commonwealth see: Criminal Code Amendment (Theft, fraud, bribery and related offences) Act 2000.

Who can report report fraud

Anyone can report fraud. You don’t have to give your name when making a report if you would prefer. 

Reports can be made anonymously. The Institute accepts reports that are anonymous; however, it is often the case that such reports do not contain sufficient information to enable a proper assessment of the allegation.

How to make a report

You can provide information and report suspected fraudulent or unethical behaviour in the provision of Australian Government services in writing, by email or telephone to the Fraud Officer.

Fraud Officer 
Australian Institute of Family Studies      
Level 4, 40 City Rd      
Southbank VIC 3006