C.3 Fraud Prevention

The ACT Health Fraud Management Framework, Policy and Plan govern fraud management and prevention work across ACT Health. Divisions of ACT Health regularly undertake fraud risk assessments together with integrated risk assessments. Mitigating controls are put in place to address identified fraud threats and risks.

The executive directors are responsible for managing fraud risk in their respective divisions. A review of the framework was conducted in 2013-14.

The ACT Health Senior Executive Responsible for Business Integrity Risk undertakes analysis on trends and risk assessments with respect to fraud and other integrity breaches, and provides reports to the Audit and Risk Management Committee bi-annually.

Staff receive fraud control and prevention training during orientation and through an e-learning program entitled Ethics, Integrity and Fraud Prevention. Managers are provided with further fraud control and prevention information and training during the managers’ orientation program. This is supported by targeted information provided to alert staff to responsibilities and protocols intended to improve systems or to mitigate identified fraud threats and risks.

One allegation of fraud was made against an ACT Health employee in 2013-14. This allegation was referred to the Australian Federal Police for investigation, the outcome of which is yet to be determined. The matter has resulted in a review and upgrade of an IT system and additional compliance training of staff.