B.6 Fraud prevention

Introduction/overview

ACT Health’s fraud prevention and prevention strategy aims to foster an environment that promotes the highest standards of ethical behaviour.

Risk assessments conducted

Divisions of ACT Health undertake fraud risk assessments, in line with ACT Health Risk Management protocols. Mitigating controls are put in place to address fraud threats and risks. The ACT Health Senior Executive responsible for Business Integrity Risk:

  • analyses trends and risk assessments for fraud and other integrity breaches
  • provides biannual reports to the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

There was one fraud matter reported in 2015–16, which has been finalised.

Fraud control plans

Under the provisions of section 13 of the Public Sector Management Act 2006 the Director-General of each agency is required to ensure that threats to the integrity of the agency are addressed in a detailed fraud and prevention plan.

To address this obligation ACT Health has:

  • a Fraud and Corruption Policy
  • a Fraud and Corruption Plan.

Fraud prevention strategies

In ACT Health, the Director-General, Deputy Directors-General and Executive Directors are responsible for:

  • managing fraud and corruption
  • ensuring compliance with the policy and plan at all levels within their areas.

Fraud awareness training

Staff receive fraud control and prevention training during orientation and through an e-learning program titled Ethics, Integrity and Fraud Prevention.

Managers are provided with further fraud control and prevention information and training during managers’ orientation programs.

Staff and manager training is supported by targeted information that alerts staff to the responsibilities and protocols intended to improve systems or mitigate identified fraud threats and risks.