Fraud Policy Statement

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has a policy of zero tolerance towards fraudulent activity or behaviour by departmental staff (including locally engaged staff at overseas posts), contractors, third party service providers, funding recipients and its clients.

For the purposes of this Statement, fraud is defined as 'dishonestly obtaining a benefit, or causing a loss, by deception or other means'. This definition extends beyond the legal definition of fraud to include benefits obtained that can be both tangible and intangible. It thus encompasses activities or behaviours broader than the misuse of monies.

Examples of fraud include:

DFAT's Fraud Policy Statement is part of DFAT's fraud control framework. This includes the department's Fraud Control Plan and Conduct and Ethics Manual. This framework outlines how all departmental personnel, in Australia and at overseas posts, have responsibilities and obligations for ensuring strong, robust and effective fraud control.

To ensure staff understand their responsibilities and obligations, DFAT is committed to providing all staff with training in conduct and ethics and fraud awareness. This training is aimed at raising staff awareness of what constitutes fraud and how to report it using the correct fraud reporting procedures.

A key obligation of staff is to report quickly all cases of suspected or committed fraud to the Conduct and Ethics Unit. DFAT is committed to ensuring that all cases of fraud are handled in a confidential, prompt and professional manner.

Further information about fraud control can be found in the Fraud Control Plan and Conduct and Ethics Manual or by contacting the Conduct and Ethics Unit, email: