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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.

On 7 July 2022 the Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Honourable Mark Dreyfus QC MP, announced he had declined to proceed further in the prosecution of Mr Bernard Collaery for five offences relating to the alleged unlawful communication of ASIS information contrary to the Intelligence Services

On 11 February 2022, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Ms Sarah McNaughton SC announced her decision to decline to proceed further in the criminal prosecutions of Citigroup Global Markets Australia Pty Limited, Deutsche Bank AG and four senior banking executives for cartel offences

The CDPP 2020-21 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday 20 October 2021. 

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)

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PGI RBF No. 2 –