Fraud and corruption control

​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources expects all staff to behave ethically and to exercise their power fairly, reasonable, properly and lawfully. In doing so, departmental staff must uphold the Australian Public Service (APS) values, the APS Employment Principles and comply with the APS Code of Conduct.

The department also expects clients, contractors and service providers who do business with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to behave ethically.

Fraud against the Commonwealth is defined as ‘dishonestly obtaining a benefit, or causing a loss, by deception or other means.’​

The department defines corruption as the ‘dishonest or biased exercise of Commonwealth public official functions’.

The department’s Fraud and Security Team is responsible for the receipt, assessment and investigation of fraud and corruption allegations w​ithin or against the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources .

If you are aware of alleged fraudulent or corrupt activity involving the department, you must notify the Fraud and Security Team by any of the following means:

Email

Telephone

02 6272 4477

Facsimile

02 6272 5583

Post

Director
Fraud and Security
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2600

All allegations of fraud and corruption will be treated confidentially, as far as the law allows.

Complaints relating to breaches of the APS Code of Conduct (for example, disrespectful behaviour) should be referred to the department’s Integrity Unit.

Public Interest Disclosure (PID)

The Public Interest Disclosure Scheme came into effect on 15 January 2013.

It changes the way in which public officials can make a disclosure. It supports and protects people who make a disclosure and ensures that disclosures are properly investigated and dealt with.

A public official includes:

  • Public servant
  • Former public servant
  • Contractor
  • Service provider

Under the PID Scheme you make a disclosure about:

  • Illegal activity
  • Corruption
  • Wastage of funds and property
  • Endangering health and safety or the environment
  • Misconduct relating to scientific research, analysis or advice

Reporting can be made by the following means:

Email

Public Interest Disclosure

Telephone

02 6272 4477

Facsimile

02 6272 5583

Post

Authorised Officer
Fraud and Security
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2600