We lead the Vestigo Task Force (Vestigo), which provides a framework for enhanced collaboration and engagement with Australian and international partners to share information and intelligence.
Vestigo was authorised in November 2016 to strengthen the ability to respond to transnational serious organise crime activities impacting adversely on the Australia’s national interests and the interests of our overseas partner countries.
Vestigo is supported by our Commonwealth, state and territory partners, along with international partners including the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group.
Vestigo enables stronger collaboration against the threat posed by high risk serious and organised crime entities based overseas, or with direct links to criminal entities based overseas, that are impacting adversely on Australia.
This reflects our agency’s shift from ad-hoc and opportunistic international engagement to ongoing and proactive engagement in response to the changing criminal environment.
Vestigo is building on the work of the previous Eligo 2 National Task Force and current National Task Force Morpheus. These task forces have demonstrated the benefit of engaging with international law enforcement agencies—supported with appropriate use of our coercive powers under appropriate board authorised special investigations and special operations—to support the collection of information and intelligence.
Rather than consisting of a particular program of work, like Eligo and Morpheus, Vestigo is a conduit for our work across various investigations and operations against the threat posed by high risk serious and organised crime entities based overseas, or those with direct links to criminal entities based overseas, that are adversely impacting Australia and overseas partner countries.
These Special Investigations/Operations have identified and are addressing a range of serious and organised crime activities which continue to pose a significant threat to the Australian community and its national interests, including but not limited to the importation methylamphetamine into the Australian market, evolving threats posed by serious organised crime groups within the national security environment, the criminal exploitation of cyber technologies, money laundering and serious financial crime.