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Fraud has been broadly described by the Australian Institute of Criminology (2011) as the use of deceitful and dishonest means to obtain an unjust advantage. This offence is indiscriminate, impacting negatively on individuals and organisations in quite profound ways.
Fraud is a major issue affecting residents, business owners and workers in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA, and a result, identified as a key crime priority in the Canterbury-Bankstown Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan 2016-2019.
The most common types of fraud-related offences include:
To date, fraud still remains an area of concern for Council, and one that requires continual address. Official data sources such as those by the NSW Police Force and the NSW BOCSAR show that the rate of fraud in many suburbs within the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA still remains high, when compared to the NSW state average. As well as impacting on the LGA, this criminal offence has also emerged nationally as a serious concern to governments at all levels as well as organisations such as the NSWPF, AFP and ACCC, given its national and international reach.
You can report suspicions of Fraud to the Australian Competitio n and Consumer Commission (ACCC) by emailing the Fraud Control Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.