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Detection and prevention

COVID-19 counter-fraud guidance

The SFO has produced a Counter-Fraud Toolkit and a Mandate-Fraud guidance document to help the public sector mitigate the risk of COVID-19 emergency relief funds being defrauded. The documents are based on the SFO’s expertise in investigating and prosecuting public sector fraud, as well as from its membership of the International Public Sector Fraud Forum (IPSFF) where the agency has access to the collective experience of its Five Eyes partners. 

Conflicts of Interest Guide

The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) has a new Conflicts of Interest Guide and some other helpful resources. Click here to view the guide.

The OAG’s good practice section on conflicts of interest now includes Integrity Town – where you can take an interactive quiz "to help the good townspeople stay out of trouble". Feel free to use it as a training resource.

There’s also an A3 poster guide (PDF) to managing conflicts of interest and animated videos about:

Working together to fight corruption

Corruption erodes trust in government, private sector organisations and the rule of law. New Zealand has a culture of integrity and our institutions remain largely free from systemic corruption. To support our anti-corruption culture in August 2018, Cabinet directed the Serious Fraud Office to lead an Anti-Corruption Work Programme (ACWP) with the Ministry of Justice. The goals of the programme are to deepen understanding of corruption in New Zealand and build strong cross-government and cross-sector partnerships to support anti-corruption efforts.

Working with local government

Central to the ACWP has been a joint project between Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ), Taituarā and the SFO to develop guidance and training materials based on procurement cases recently prosecuted by the SFO. The goal is to raise awareness and build capability across local government.

We have identified the themes and lessons learnt, including the importance of leadership and organisational culture.

Guidance and training material