The prosecution of fraud offences is a major part of the practice of the CDPP. These prosecutions are fundamental in protecting the resources of the Commonwealth for the benefit of all Australians. Fraud prosecutions are diverse, can be committed in numerous ways and span the broad range of Commonwealth programs and assistance available to the Australian community, as well as the Australian taxation system. Frauds can range from the use of false statements on claim forms to the use of multiple identities to claim several social security benefits and extend to highly sophisticated international financial structures designed to avoid tax obligations.
Commonwealth benefit systems and the taxation system in Australia rely heavily on the integrity and honesty of all Australians.
The CDPP prosecutes a wide range of fraud offences including:
- aged care fraud
- Australia Post fraud
- Medicare fraud
- tax fraud including income tax fraud and GST fraud
- social security fraud
Fraud prosecutions can be helpfully divided into 3 main categories: