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New Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to disrupt national security threats



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The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Justice

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism

MEDIA RELEASE

28 July 2016

New Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to disrupt national security threats

Australia’s security landscape is changing rapidly and our law enforcement and intelligence agencies must stay ahead of the game to combat this threat.

That is why the Australian Government is working hand in glove with our agencies to ensure they have the resources and powers they need to keep our communities safe.

Today, we built on this commitment - launching the new Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) to leverage the strengths of two of Australia's most important law enforcement and criminal information agencies - CrimTrac and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).

This followed an historic agreement at the November 2015 Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) to embrace a new national security measure that would see CrimTrac IT specialists work side by side with the ACC's top intelligence analysts. The merger passed the Parliament in May 2016.

We know that the national security threat to our nation and globally is unprecedented. Since 12 September 2014, when the national terrorism threat level was raised, 44 people have been charged as a result of 16 counter terrorism operations around Australia - that’s over half of all terrorism related charges since 2001.

This new agency is critical to the future of Australia’s national security because it is vital our law enforcement and protection agencies have accurate information and intelligence to respond to immediate threats.

The ACIC will close information gaps between law enforcement agencies and link intelligence data to help identify links between organised crime and national security investigations, including foreign fighters, terrorists, extremists and their supporters, to provide a broader picture of imminent threats.

This is already paying dividends. Since the ACIC commenced operations on July 1 it has delivered intelligence on terrorism, financial crimes and criminal gangs, and worked to thwart the illicit drug market - collaborating with partner agencies to seize more than 280kg of methamphetamine worth a street value of at least $280 million in Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.

The Government’s record on strengthening our agencies crime-fighting capabilities is solid.

Since August 2014, the Government has invested $2.5 billion to support Australia’s efforts to combat terrorism, including $24.4 million to the ACIC (former ACC) to establish a Foreign Fighters Taskforce and $18 million from proceeds of crime to boost the agencies information and intelligence sharing across law enforcement agencies within Australia and internationally to.

The more we strengthen our ability to provide comprehensive and timely information, the quicker our police will identify the patterns and associations that detect and disrupt significant threats to keep Australians safe.

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