The SFO leads fraud prevention efforts in New Zealand’s public sector and is working to strengthen the sector’s resilience to fraud and corruption through its Counter Fraud Centre - Tauārai Hara Tāware (CFC).
Fraud involving public funds diverts money from vital areas such as health, infrastructure or a crisis response. It also undermines confidence in public institutions.
The Counter Fraud Centre - Tauārai Hara Tāware brings the public sector together and establishes a shared narrative to help agencies build a strong and effective counter fraud response. We have developed a fraud capability assessment, lead a Community of Practice for risk and integrity practitioners and are publishing good practice guidance designed to enable government agencies to better manage the risk of fraud.
A robust system-wide response to financial crime and corruption is important to the financial and economic wellbeing of all New Zealanders. The SFO is working with its justice sector partners on developing a new strategy. A key component of a National Financial Crime and Corruption Strategy is likely to include the design of an end-to-end financial crime and corruption education, prevention, detection and prosecution system.