The AAT is committed to preventing fraud in relation to its operations. Our fraud control framework is designed to protect public money and property and to protect the integrity, security and reputation of the AAT.


What is fraud?

Fraud in the Commonwealth environment is defined as:

"Dishonestly obtaining a benefit, or causing a loss, by deception or other means".

In this definition, 'benefit' refers both to tangible items, such as money or objects, and intangible benefits including power, status or information.


Reporting fraud

You can provide information about suspected fraudulent or unethical behaviour impacting the AAT by email at fraud@aat.gov.au or by calling the Assistant Director and Agency Security Adviser Business Support on 02 9276 5308. 

If you have information relating to fraud against other Commonwealth Government agencies, then please report to those agencies. If it relates to payment of Commonwealth benefits, call the Australian Government Services Fraud Tip-Off Line on 131 524.


What information should I provide?

It will help us to look into the matter if you can provide us with as much information as possible.

You are encouraged to provide:

  • details about the person(s) involved such as names, phone numbers, addresses and relevant organisations
  • information about actions or activities you think are fraudulent, including how, when and where it occurred
  • your contact details.

You may choose to remain anonymous when providing information.


What will happen next?

The AAT takes all allegations of fraud seriously. Your information will be assessed, and investigated where appropriate.

We will refer instances of potentially serious or complex fraud offences to the Australian Federal Police.

We will endeavour to respond to your allegations. However, due to privacy restrictions and/or the integrity of any investigation, feedback may not always be provided. If your allegation involves another individual, we may not be able to give you any information about the conduct or outcome of the investigation due to the AAT’s obligations under the Privacy Act 1988.


Privacy

We collect your personal information to assess and, where possible, respond to your allegations. We will only use or disclose the information for a purpose permitted under the Privacy Act 1988. For more information, see our Privacy Policy which includes information about how you can access and seek correction of personal information we hold about you, make a complaint about the way we have handled your personal information and how we will deal with such a complaint.