Organised crime

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

Serious and organised crime networks are flexible, innovative and resilient. Harms and losses from organised crime have an impact on all Australian governments, the economy, businesses and the wider community.

Organised Crime Strategic Framework

The Australian Government's approach to serious and organised crime is set out in the Organised Crime Strategic Framework.

The framework identifies key organised crime threats and coordinates a whole-of-government response to them. It has three elements:

  • an Organised Crime Threat Assessment, which is produced by the Australian Crime Commission every two years
  • an Organised Crime Response Plan
  • multi-agency responses.

The Department of Home Affairs is the central policy, legislative and coordinating agency for the framework. A range of other Australian Government agencies have policy, operational, and regulatory responsibilities in combating organised crime. Collaboration is at the heart of the framework and the government's response to organised crime.

National Organised Crime Response Plan 2015-2018

The Organised Crime Response Plan is one of the three key elements of the Australian Government’s approach to serious and organised crime.

While the states and territories are generally responsible for criminal law, recognising areas of shared interest, the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council has endorsed a national organised crime response plan to continue to promote a coordinated national approach to combating serious and organised crime.

The plan outlines how the Commonwealth, states and territories will work together to address a number of key threats from serious and organised crime including the increasing prevalence of drugs such as ice and gun-related crime and violence.

Australian Criminal Intelligence Model

An intelligence-led approach is fundamental to the success of the national response to organised crime.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Model aims to achieve the free flow of intelligence between policing, law enforcement, regulatory and national security agencies, based on consistent standards, processes and protocols.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Forum (ACIF) oversees the implementation of the model. The ACIF is made up of heads of intelligence from:

  • Commonwealth, state and territory police
  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
  • Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency
  • Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.

The ACIF has developed the Australian Criminal Intelligence Management Strategy 2012-2015 to guide the implementation of the model.

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