Fraud and corruption

The Fraud and Corruption Framework is applicable to all department staff, executive officers, contractors, service providers, consultants, and funded agencies and organisations.

What is fraud?

Fraud is dishonest activity that causes actual or potential financial loss to any person or entity.

What is corruption?

Corruption involves dishonest activity where someone abuses their position of trust and acts, contrary to the best interests of the department, to gain an advantage for themselves or another.

Public Interest Disclosures

Public interest disclosures used to be known as whistleblowing.

A public interest disclosure is a disclosure made in line with the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 (this act replaced the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001).

For more information, including how to make a public interest disclosure, see Public Interest Disclosure.

How do I report suspected fraud or corruption?

You can report suspected fraud or corruption to any of the following:

  • DFFH Integrity team
  • Public Interest Disclosures (formerly Whistleblowers)
  • Victoria Police
  • Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC).
Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Integrity team
1300 131 431
GPO Box 4057 Melbourne VIC 3001
Public Interest Disclosures (formerly Whistleblowers)
1300 131 431
Victoria Police
Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC)
1300 735 135
level 1, North Tower, 459 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000