Outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs) are one of the most high-profile manifestations of organised crime, with an active presence in all Australian states and territories. They see themselves as the ‘one percenters’ who operate outside the law. Their criminal activities distinguish OMCGs from recreational motor cycle riding clubs, which are made up of people who get together solely to ride their motor cycles and socialise.
OMCGs continue to exert significant influence over illicit commodity markets; particularly the illicit drug market. OMCGs also continue to engage in high impact violence, including the use of firearms.
OMCGs feature 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. Australian OMCG activities are mostly domestic, but they increasingly have international connections. This includes 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 39 ‘one percent’ OMCGs operating in Australia, with more than 4,670 patched members and 970 prospects.
The following chart identifies Australian motorcycle gangs.