Fraud and corruption control

Sets standards and provides guidance on minimising opportunities for fraud and corruption within the department.

Changes since previous version

2022 Jul 26 - updated policy statement to align with the updated Australian Standard 8001-2021, and to clarify requirements, including broadening roles and responsibilities, and introducing information on non-compliance. Updated implementation document to align with the standard as above, changing its name from Fraud and Corruption Control Procedures to Fraud and Corruption Control Framework.

Document history

2020 Nov 03 - minor policy review including change of policy name from Corruption Prevention Policy to Fraud and Corruption Control Policy and amalgamating the previous two implementation documents into one document.

2020 Jun - updated implementation documents to reflect current style, formatting and branding.

2020 Apr - updates to contact details and updated implementation documents addressing contact details and broken links.

Corruption Prevention Policy, PD/2004/0009/V01
Fraud Prevention Program, NSW TAFE Commission, 1991
Fraud Control Manual, Department of Industrial Relations, Employment, Training and Further Education, 1995

Superseded documents

Corruption Prevention Framework (PDF 459 KB)

Fraud and Corruption Control Procedures (PDF 500 KB)

  1. Policy statement
    1. The NSW Department of Education holds itself, and those that work with us, to the highest ethical standards. This includes promoting a strong culture that minimises the opportunities for fraudulent and corrupt behaviour.
    2. All employees are required to act ethically at all times and with integrity in accordance with the Code of Conduct.
    3. All employees must:
      1. report all suspected cases of fraud and corruption failure to do so may lead to serious compliance, financial and reputational consequences
      2. be aware of the risks of fraud and corruption in their workplace, and cooperate with all initiatives aimed at preventing, detecting and responding to fraud and corruption.
    4. Breaches of this policy may result in disciplinary procedures for misconduct, the consequences of which range from a warning, termination of employment to criminal prosecution.
    5. Employees can make public disclosures as outlined by the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (PID Act).
  2. Audience and applicability
    1. All department employees, defined in the Code of Conduct as including any person, whether remunerated or not, employed on an ongoing, temporary or casual basis, contractors, consultants, volunteers, committee members and public officials.
  3. Context
    1. This policy and its supporting documents comply with NSW Treasury Circular TC18-02 NSW Fraud and Corruption Control Policy, which requires all NSW public sector agencies to develop, implement and maintain a Fraud and Corruption Control Framework to prevent, detect and manage fraud and corruption.
    2. This policy is based on Standards Australia AS8001-2021 Fraud and Corruption Control and incorporates advice from the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
    3. The department adopts the NSW Fraud and Corruption Control Policy definition of fraud as dishonestly obtaining a benefit, or causing a loss, by deception or other means.
    4. Fraud against the department may include theft, misuse of department resources, unlawful use of property, equipment, material or services, making or using false documents and wrongfully using the department's information or intellectual property.
    5. Corrupt conduct as defined in the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988 is the deliberate conduct of any individual, whether a public official or not, that adversely affects (or could adversely affect), either directly or indirectly, the honest and impartial exercise of functions by a public official.
    6. Corrupt conduct may include taking or offering bribes, dishonestly using influence, improperly exercising official functions in a partial manner, and/or breaching public trust.
    7. This policy should also be read in conjunction with the department's Code of Conduct, which sets out the obligations of department employees to act lawfully and ethically.
  4. Responsibilities and delegations
    1. All staff:
      1. must be aware of and comply with this policy
      2. must report suspected fraud and corruption failure to do so may lead to serious compliance, financial and reputational consequences
      3. must inform external consultants, business associates and suppliers of the department's fraud and corruption control expectations prior to and during the period of their engagement.
  5. Monitoring and review
    1. The Executive Director, Chief Risk Office monitors the implementation of this policy, regularly reviews its contents to ensure relevance and accuracy, and updates it as needed.
  6. Contact
    Executive Director, Chief Risk Office
    02 7814 0303
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