Organised crime in Australia
We provide advice to government, law enforcement and the public sector on how they can reduce the impact of serious and organised crime in Australia. In undertaking our role we develop and analyse intelligence on organised crime and disseminate this information to law enforcement and government. Understanding the criminal environment is essential to developing appropriate responses to serious and organised crime.
Cost of organised crime
Organised crime costs Australia between $10 and $15 billion every year, representing a significant threat to Australian society. Organised crime is also adaptable and sophisticated and the associated risks carry significant consequences for businesses and the Australian community.
About organised crime groups
Organised crime contributes to much of the nation's serious crime. The organised crime groups that pose the most significant risk to Australia:
- are transnational
- have proven capabilities and involvement in serious crime
- operate in two or more regions or states
- operate in multiple crime markets
- are engaged in the illicit drugs market, fraud and money laundering
- intermingle legitimate and criminal enterprises
- are fluid and adaptable
- are able to employ a range of strategies to further their activities including violence and corruption
- withstand disruption
- use new technologies
- use specialist advice and professional facilitators.
Illicit markets and organised criminal activity
The illicit drug market is the primary criminal market that organised crime groups operate in. Other illicit markets include fraud and financial crime, firearms markets and intellectual property crime. Although drugs are likely to remain the primary market that organised criminal groups operate in, the future of organised crime may involve new sectors and activities.
Organised Crime in Australia report
The Organised Crime in Australia report provides Australian businesses and communities with a picture of Australian criminality, including the real extent and impact of organised crime, and the efforts of law enforcement to disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups.