Policy on Fraud

The Australia Awards Scholarship Policy Handbook outlines DFAT's and therefore the Australia Awards' policy on Fraud:

  • DFAT takes all possible steps to ensure that Australian Government funds are used appropriately to deliver effective aid and development and treats all attempted, alleged, detected and suspected fraud seriously.
  • DFAT defines fraud as dishonestly obtaining a benefit, or causing a loss, by deception or other means. It cannot simply be due to a careless, accidental or an erroneous act.
  • The following could constitute fraud in the context of the Australia Awards:
    1. false application supporting documents
    2. false information on forms
    3. not disclosing relevant information
    4. not disclosing a conflict of interest (e.g. relationship with decision-makers)
    5. deliberately claiming a benefit not entitled to (e.g. reunion travel when dependent family members are residing with the awardee in Australia).
  • DFAT has a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude towards any attempts to gain a benefit fraudulently from the Australian Government. DFAT has the right to vary or reverse any decision regarding an Australia Award made on the basis of incorrect or incomplete information.
  • Applicants that provide suspected fraudulent documents will be excluded from the selection process until the documents are verified. If fraud is confirmed, the applicant will be ineligible to apply for further Australia Awards.
  • When submitting their application for an Australia Award, applicants are required to declare that the contents of their application are true and correct; and acknowledge that DFAT has the right to vary or reverse any decision regarding an Australia Awards Scholarship made on the basis of incorrect or incomplete information.

 

 

 

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