What is fraud?
The Institute has defined fraud against the Commonwealth as:
"Dishonestly obtaining a benefit or causing a loss by deception or other means".
Fraud against Australian Government agencies is a major concern to the Australian Government. As taxpayers, we are all responsible for ensuring fraud is kept to a minimum. Preventing the incidence of fraud ensures that public and government confidence in the integrity of the Institutes' activities is maintained.
The Institute is determined to ensure that when fraud occurs, it is rapidly detected, effectively investigated, prosecuted appropriately and the proceeds of the fraud recovered.
For further information on Fraud against the Commonwealth see: Criminal Code Amendment (Theft, fraud, bribery and related offences) Act 2000.
How to make a report
You can provide information and report suspected fraudulent or unethical behaviour in the provision of Australian Government services in writing, by email or telephone to the Fraud Officer:
Phone +61 3 9214 7888
Fax +61 3 9214 7839
Contact the Fraud Officer
Australian Institute of Family Studies
485 La Trobe Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
Reports can be made anonymously. The Institute accepts reports that are anonymous; however, it is often the case that such reports do not contain sufficient information to enable a proper assessment of the allegation.