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Reporting Suspected Fraud

Lithgow City Council is committed to the prevention of fraud and corruption. 

What is Fraud?

Dishonest activity causing actual or potential financial loss to any person or entity including theft of moneys or other property by employees or persons external to the entity and whether or not deception is used at the time, immediately before or immediately following the activity. This also includes the deliberate falsification, concealment, destruction or use of falsified documentation used or intended for use for a normal business purpose or the improper use of information or position for personal financial benefit.”

As defined in Australian Standard AS 8001-2008.

What is Corruption

• conduct of a person (whether or not a public official) that adversely affects, or could affect the honest and impartial exercise of public official functions, or
• conduct of a public official that involves the dishonest or partial exercise of any of his or her public official functions, or
• a breach of public trust, or
• the misuse of information or material acquired in the course of a public official’s functions.

ICAC Act 1988 (Sect 7, 8, 9)

How to Report Suspected Fraud

If a customer or a resident suspect fraud or corruption that involves Council, they should report their suspicions to any of the following:

• Council’s General Manager
• The Independent Commission Against Corruption (in the case of allegations of fraud and corruption)
• The NSW Office of Local Government (in the case of allegations relating to pecuniary interests)
• NSW Police Force (in the case of allegations relating to criminal activity)
• NSW Electoral Commission (in the case of allegations relating to election fraud)