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The Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth) Raelene Sharp KC confirmed that on 1 June 2024, Warren Day will join the CDPP on secondment for 6 months, as the Director’s Executive Officer. 

On 5 March 2024, CDPP staff acknowledged the 40 year anniversary of the Office being established.

The CDPP’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2024-26 is now available.

The CDPP has launched a range of branded cultural elements which were designed by

Federal Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP, today announced the appointment of Ms Raelene Sharp KC as the next Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
The CDPP 2022-23 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on 18 October 2023.

The CDPP’s Corporate Plan 2023–27 is now available.

The 2021-22 CDPP Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on Friday 28 October 20

The CDPP recently received an overall satisfaction score of 86 per cent from its biennial 2022 Partner Agency Survey.

The CDPP's 2022-26 Corporate Plan is now available.

The Attorney-General of New South Wales today announced the appointment of Ms Sarah McNaughton SC as a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW. 

The CDPP’s Library and Research Services team has won the 2022 Legal Information Service of the Year award announced at the Australian Law Librarians’ Association (ALLA) conference in Hobart on Thursday 26 August.

General Fraud

Fraud can be committed in numerous ways and span the range of Commonwealth benefit programs and assistance available to the Australian community, as well as the Australian taxation system. Because of this, fraud prosecutions are diverse and fundamental to protecting Commonwealth resources so they benefit all Australians. 

We prosecute a wide variety of fraud, including:

  • child care benefits fraud
  • family day care fraud
  • Medicare fraud
  • identity fraud
  • Defence fraud
  • Customs duty fraud
  • Comcare fraud
  • fuel grant fraud
  • Australia Post fraud
  • financial transactions fraud
  • fraud related money-laundering
  • counterfeit currency
  • fraud against the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • fraud related to Commonwealth grants administered by the Department of Social Services and Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Department of Veterans fraud
  • internal fraud, and
  • disaster relief payment fraud.

Key legislation

Main offences

  • s.134.2(1) Criminal Code – obtaining a financial advantage by deception
  • s.135.1(1) Criminal Code – general dishonesty – obtaining a gain
  • s.135.1(3) Criminal Code – general dishonesty – causing a loss
  • s.135.1(5) Criminal Code – general dishonesty – causing a loss to another.


The maximum penalty for:

  • an offence against section 134.2(1) of the Criminal Code is 10 years’ imprisonment
  • offences against sections 135.1(1), 135.1(3) and 135.1(5) of the Criminal Code is 10 years’ imprisonment.

Partner Agencies include:

Practice Group Instructions (PGI)

PGI CFC No. 3 –

PGI RBF No. 2 –