This publication contains results from the Personal Fraud Survey (PFS), a topic on the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) conducted throughout Australia from July 2020 to June 2021. The MPHS, undertaken each financial year by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), is a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS) and is designed to collect statistics for a number of small, self-contained topics.
The survey collected information from individuals about their experience of selected types of personal fraud in the 12 months prior to interview, including card fraud, identity theft, and selected types of scams. Identity theft questions also collected some information about incidents that occurred in the five years prior to interview. The survey also collected information about the socio-demographic characteristics of persons who experienced fraud, and information about the most recent/serious incident experienced for each type of fraud. Non-person victims of fraud (e.g. organisations and businesses) were not included in the scope of the survey.