Queensland local governments are exposed to high risks of fraud and corruption because of the large volume of goods and services they procure, often from local suppliers; and because of the high degree of devolved decision making vested in local governments.

For this reason, all local governments are responsible for preventing, detecting and reporting fraud in order to protect revenue, expenditure and property. It is imperative that each local government identify and monitor fraud risk and implement rigour and controls around their identified risk through an active fraud and corruption framework.

Under the Local Government Regulation 2012 and the City of Brisbane Regulation 2012, local governments are required to report fraud losses, to keep written records of alleged and proven fraud-related losses to both the Auditor-General and the Minister for Local Government.

In order to effectively manage fraud management in local governments, local governments must:

Local governments must note that material loss for all other local governments (excluding Brisbane City Council), under the Local Government Regulation 2012 means:

A material loss for Brisbane City Council, under the City of Brisbane Regulation 2012 means: