The Office of the Auditor General has just published the results of a survey on fraud awareness, prevention and detection in NZ’s public sector – covering government departments, Crown entities, DHBs, SOEs and local government.
The conclusion reads:
"Overall, the results show a strong commitment within the New Zealand public sector to protecting public resources. However, we cannot be complacent if we are to maintain our good record of keeping fraud at bay. It is particularly important to be vigilant in the current global economic climate, because there is an increased risk of fraud when people struggle to make ends meet. It is also important to remember that trusting staff is not a fraud control. Systems do not commit fraud, people do. Public entities need to ensure that they have the right systems in place."