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SENATOR THE HON. CHRISTOPHER ELLISON

Minister for Justice and Customs

Senator for Western Australia

E167/02 12 December 2002

Card fraud to be tackled by Government and industry

The Commonwealth Government and the banking industry have established a partnership to tackle credit and debit card fraud in Australia, the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison announced today.

Senator Ellison met in Canberra today with representatives of the Australian Bankers’ Association, credit unions, major credit card companies including MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and American Express, and the Reserve Bank to discuss measures to combat credit and debit card fraud.

“Government and industry have today established a partnership against credit and debit card fraud,” Senator Ellison said. “Industry and law enforcement will tackle this issue together.”

Senator Ellison agreed to consult with his Ministerial colleagues on the Australasian Police Ministers’ Council (APMC) about the possible involvement of the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) in national intelligence arrangements to counter credit and debit card skimming.

Senator Ellison will also press the need for new Commonwealth and State offences with the APMC and the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG).

“Consumer awareness is the first line of defence and if for any reason you are suspicious about dealing with your credit and debit card, you should contact the issuing agency in the first instance,” Senator Ellison said.

“Commonwealth law enforcement agencies welcome the opportunity to partner banking, and credit and debit card bodies in the development of effective fraud prevention and detection measures.

“There are to be further consultations between Government and industry early in the New Year,” Senator Ellison said.

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Senator Chris Ellison, Minister for Justice and Customs

Initiatives to Deal with Credit Card and Debit Card Skimming

12 December 2002

Parliament House, Canberra

At a meeting held with representatives of peak banking and credit and debit card organisations,

and law enforcement and regulatory agencies, it was agreed that:

1. GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY WELCOME THE NEW PARTNERSHIP TO

FACILITATE THE PREVENTION, DETECTION AND INVESTIGATION OF

CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD FRAUD.

2. SENATOR ELLISON AGREED TO RAISE THE NEED FOR NEW

COMMONWEALTH AND STATE OFFENCES WITH HIS COLLEAGUES ON THE

AUSTRALASIAN POLICE MINISTERS’ COUNCIL (APMC) AND THE STANDING

COMMITTEE OF ATTORNEYS-GENERAL (SCAG)

3. SENATOR ELLISON WILL CONSULT WITH HIS APMC COLLEAGUES ON THE

POSSIBLE INVOLVEMENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN CRIME COMMISSION IN A

NATIONAL APPROACH TO CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD SKIMMING ISSUES.

4. INDUSTRY IS COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT CREDIT CARD AND DEBIT

CARD FRAUD REMAINS LOW IN AUSTRALIA. THE MEETING NOTED THE

POSITIVE RECORD THAT INDUSTRY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS IN

PREVENTING AND DETECTING CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD FRAUD AND THE

IMPORTANCE OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY TO COMBAT FRAUD.

5. CONSUMER AWARENESS IS THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENCE, IF FOR ANY

REASON YOU BECOME SUSPICIOUS CONTACT YOUR ISSUING AGENCY.

6. THERE ARE TO BE FURTHER CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN GOVERNMENT

AND INDUSTRY IN THE NEW YEAR.