Fraud is a significant threat to the integrity of our schemes and the credibility of the markets that we operate. It is defined as ‘dishonestly obtaining a benefit or causing a loss by deception or other means ’ (as per
Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework 2017 ). Fraud is intentional; it requires an intent to obtain a benefit (tangible or intangible) or cause a loss to the agency. It is not the result of carelessness, accident, or error.
If you suspect that someone may be committing fraud against our schemes, or you suspect fraud or corruption by our staff, we encourage you to report it.
If you suspect fraud, reports can be made by:
In general, to assist us in assessing and properly investigating your allegation, you should include:
The Clean Energy Regulator takes all reports of suspected fraud seriously. Our specialist officers assess every allegation of fraud and, where appropriate, investigate it. The more information you can provide, the better we are able to look into the matter.
If we find enough evidence of criminal behaviour, we may take further steps. We may refer cases to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. This may lead to criminal charges and jail.
In some cases, we may not take any further action or may refer the matter to another area to review. For example, we may find any of the following:
Due to privacy restrictions and/or the integrity of any investigation, feedback is not usually provided to the individual making a report. Please note that if your allegation involves another individual, we will not be able to give you any information about the conduct or outcome of the investigation due to our obligations under the
Privacy Act 1988.
Fraud is defined as ‘dishonestly obtaining a benefit or causing a loss by deception or other means’ (as per
Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework 2017). Fraud is intentional; it requires an intent to obtain a benefit (tangible or intangible) or cause a loss to the agency. It is not the result of carelessness, accident, or error.
Fraud can be perpetrated internally (by staff or contractors of the Clean Energy Regulator) or externally (by service providers, contractors, individual recipients of agency funding or organised crime groups). There is also a combination of internal and external fraud, which is known as complex fraud.
Corruption is defined as ‘dishonest activity in which an employee, manager or contractor of an entity acts contrary to the interest of the entity and abuses their position of trust in order to achieve some personal gain or advantage for themselves’ (as per standard AS/NZ 8001:2008 Fraud and Corruption Control).
Examples of fraud and corruption include:
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