About Us


The Department undertakes a national leadership role in developing legislative, regulatory and policy responses to serious and organised crime. This includes anti-corruption, federal offenders, fraud control, child sexual abuse, cybercrime and foreign bribery.

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Anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing
Australia has a strong regime to fight money laundering and terrorism financing. Our department is the policy agency responsible for the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act).

AusCheck conducts background checking services for the Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC), Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC), and National Health Security (NHS) check schemes.

Crime prevention
Crime prevention is important for the safety of all Australians.

Australia is a highly connected country—technology and the internet are crucial to Australia's way of life and realising the benefits of the digital economy.

The abuse of illicit or illegal drugs is a high-risk activity that causes social, economic and personal harms.

The Australian, state and territory governments share responsibility for firearms in Australia.

Human trafficking
Human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices such as servitude, forced labour and forced marriage are complex crimes and a major violation of human rights. Globally, human trafficking is one of the biggest sources of income for organised crime and causes untold damage to millions of lives.

Identity security
Your identity is one the most valuable things you have. Being able to prove who you are is important for most aspects of your life, such as starting a new job, getting a driver's licence, renting or buying a home, travelling overseas and accessing medical treatment.

Organised crime
Serious and organised crime is a national security threat that costs Australia at least $36 billion each year.

People smuggling
People smugglers are individuals or groups who assist others to enter a country through irregular methods. In the case of Australia, people smugglers provide air or sea access.