The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) has published results of its review of fraud control over local government grants concluding:
The report makes nine recommendations, with the most popular areas for improvement being:
Other weaknesses noted included:
None of the audited councils had consistently applied fraud controls across all their grant programs, unnecessarily exposing them to a higher risk of fraud.
It is important for councils to have effective controls for their grant programs to prevent fraud and give their communities confidence that public money is being spent as intended.
AFS’ Internal Audit team can assist your Council by reviewing your grant program or providing further information on fraud control.
You can read the full VAGO report here.