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Fraud Prevention in the Charity Sector

Keep your charity’s finances safe by using these fraud prevention tips and resources.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    1 hour
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade


Learn how to guard your charity from fraud

Fraud and financial mismanagement are one of the most common concerns raised about charities. Even though the number of charities involved in wrongdoing is very small, the impact on the reputation of all charities can be significant.

This means fraud involving charities risks harming the public’s trust and confidence in all charities. Taking action to prevent fraud and being transparent about our processes is crucial to protecting the reputation of charities.

What’s more, charities can be victims of crime and the impact on them can be devastating.

The good news is that all charities can take some simple steps that will significantly reduce the risk of fraud. 

On this course, you will look at fraud risks that are common to charities. You’ll examine who should be managing these risks and why. You will also cover numerous ways your charity can protect itself from fraud, with the help of fraud prevention resources and details to help you apply them to your charity.


  • Week 1

    Understanding and identifying fraud

    • Welcome and introduction to course

      Find out the learning objectives, meet the team, and discover how you can earn a certificate.

    • Understanding fraud

      Discover what fraud looks like in the charity sector.

    • How to identify fraud risks

      Find out the particular fraud risks that charities share.

    • Who is responsible for managing fraud risks?

      Learn who is responsible for managing fraud risks and what they must do.

  • Week 2

    Protecting charities from fraud

    • How to protect charities from fraud

      Discover practical ways you can protect your charity from fraud.

    • Resources for fraud prevention

      Increase your charity's cyber security by using resources to protect your charity from fraud. Learn how to move charity money safely and explore other resources.

    • Next steps

      Want to continue learning but not sure where to turn? Want to get a Certificate for completing this course? This section shows you how.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Define fraud in the charity sector and identify the different types of fraud their charity may face.
  • Describe the features common to charities that are fraud risks.
  • Explain why Responsible Persons should manage fraud risks in a charity.
  • Summarise various ways to protect charities from fraud.
  • Apply resources relevant to fraud prevention to their charity.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone working in the charity sector that wants to learn more about protecting their charity from fraud.

Who will you learn with?

Rachel Gear is the ACNC's Instructional Designer and Lead Educator for the eLearning Program. She's committed to designing and teaching accessible and relevant professional development for adults.

Rachel Smith is the Director of Advice Services, Education and Public Affairs, and is the Director behind the ACNC’s eLearning program. She’s been with the ACNC since it started.

Who developed the course?

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is the national regulator of charities. We register and regulate Australia’s many charities. We help charities understand and meet their obligations through information, advice and guidance. We help the public understand the work of the charity sector and provide a free searchable register of Australian registered charities.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Victoria

What's included?

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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