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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21852

Mr McClelland asked the Minister representing the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 12 August 2003:

(1) Has the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre received the report it commissioned on the extent and cost of identity fraud; if so, when.

(2) Has a copy been provided to the Minister; if so, when.

(3) Will the report be made public; if so, when.

(4) Who prepared the report.

(5) What was the cost of the report.

(6) What is the title of the report.

(7) What are the findings of the report.

Mr Williams (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The Minister for Justice and Customs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) The AUSTRAC Proof of Identity Steering Committee, made up of representatives from Commonwealth and State government agencies and the banking sector, received a confidential version of the report on 14 August 2003. The Steering Committee is now awaiting a finalised version of the report for publication.

(2) No. The Minister has not yet received a copy of the report.

(3) Yes. The report will be made public later in the year.

(4) The Security Industry Research Centre of the Asia Pacific (SIRCA) prepared the report. SIRCA is a research organisation established by 25 collaborating universities, and employs a cross disciplinary team of leading academics with extensive contacts with industry and in government.

(5) The report cost $203,500 plus expenses and was funded by members of the Proof of Identity Steering Committee. Contributors include members of the banking industry and Commonwealth and State Government agencies. AUSTRAC's contribution was non-financial including provision of time to facilitate the conducting of the study and also as a member of the working group which worked with SIRCA to complete the study.

(6) The title of the report will be made available at the time of its release.

(7) The findings of the report will be made available at the time of its release.