Go to top of page

Determinations

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) Board determines our work priorities, which are called Determinations.

Where traditional law enforcement methods are unlikely to be or have not been effective, the board may also approve the use of our agency's coercive powers under these determinations, by naming them special operations or special investigations.

Special operations

Special operations focus on gathering intelligence on a particular criminal activity, so informed decisions can be made about the extent, impact and threat of that criminal activity. Coercive powers may be applied to special operations.

Special investigations

Special investigations are designed not only to collect intelligence but also to disrupt and deter identified criminal groups through collecting evidence of criminal activity that may result in arrests and/or seizures of illegally obtained assets.  Coercive powers, as well as a full range of traditional investigative methods, including telephone interception, surveillance devices and controlled operations legislation, can be applied to special investigations.

Highest Risk Criminal Targets No. 3 Special Investigation

This special investigation is designed to disrupt and deter Australia’s highest risk criminal groups and individuals by collecting evidence and intelligence about serious and organised criminal activity.

For more information, see the High Risk Criminal Targets No. 3 Special Investigation page.

Targeting Criminal Wealth No. 3 Special Investigation

This special investigation is designed to disrupt and deter criminal groups by collecting evidence and intelligence about financially motivated crime.

For more information, see the Targeting Criminal Wealth No. 3 Special Investigation page.

High Risk and Emerging Drugs No. 4 Special Operation

This special operation looks at a range of drug markets in Australia and is focused on gathering intelligence around particular criminal activity so decisions are informed by the extent, impact and threat of that activity.

For more information, see the High Risk and Emerging Drugs No. 4 Special Operation page.

National Security Impacts from Serious Organised Crime No. 3 Special Operation

This special operation examines the convergence between serious and organised crime and other national security matters. It is focused on gathering intelligence around particular criminal activity, such as people smuggling, terrorism and serious and organised crime penetration at the border, so decisions are informed by the extent, impact and threat of that activity.

For more information, see the National Security Impacts from Serious Organised Crime No. 3 Special Operation page.

Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs No. 3 Special Operation

This special operation brings together all Australian law enforcement, as well as government agencies to improve understanding of and disrupt, dismantle or neutralise, Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs nationally. 

For more information, see the Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs Special Operation page.

Emerging Organised Crime Threats No. 3 Special Operation

The aim of this special operation is to identify, investigate and disrupt serious and organised criminal threats impacting against Australia’s society, institutions, markets, sectors and economy.

For more information, see the Emerging Organised Crime Threats Special Operation page.

Criminal Exploitation of Australia’s Migration System No. 2 Special Operation

Visa and migration fraud activity poses a significant threat to Australia’s visa and migration system and to Australia’s national interests more broadly. This special operation identifies, investigates and disrupts serious organised crime involvement in visa and migration fraud.

For more information, see the Criminal Exploitation of Australia’s Migration System Special Operation page.

Cyber Related Offending No. 2 Special Operation

Cyber related offences present a significant threat to Australians. A wide variety of offences come under this banner. This special operation has multiple purposes including to collect and analyse criminal information and investigate and facilitate apprehension of entities involved.

For more information, see the Cyber Related Offending Special Operation page.

Firearm Trafficking No. 2  Special Operation

The use and possession of illicit firearms is a significant element of serious and organised crime activity in Australia. Traffickers supply firearms to organised crime networks, either by illegally obtaining them from the licit market or by facilitating their illegal manufacture..

The Firearm Trafficking No. 2 Special Operation Determination was approved by the ACIC Board in June 2018 and has multiple purposes.

For more information, see the Firearm Trafficking No. 2  Special Operation page.

Last updated
17 September 2018