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.