Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs (OMCGs) are one of the most high profile manifestations of organised crime. They have an active presence in all Australian states and territories. It is the criminal activities of OMCGs that distinguish them from recreational motor cycle riding clubs, which are made up of people who get together solely to ride their motor cycles and socialise.
OMCGs have featured prominently in political and public discussions of organised crime in Australia. However, it is difficult to gauge the percentage of organised crime attributed specifically to OMCG members. While they are prevalent in all states and territories, they are just one part of the organised crime picture in Australia.
While Australian OMCG activities are mostly domestic, there is an increasing prevalence of international connections. This is demonstrated through Australian OMCGs expanding offshore or cooperating with overseas chapters and sophisticated and high-threat organised crime groups operating in Australia and internationally.
The most recent assessment of OMCGs identified that there are 38 ‘one percent’ OMCGs operating in Australia, with about 4,500 patched members, 900 prospects and over 2500 associates.