Who we are
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) is Australia's national criminal intelligence agency. Our vision is for a safer Australia that is better connected, informed and capable of responding to crime.
We work with our state and territory, national and international partners on investigations and to collect intelligence to improve the national ability to respond to crime impacting Australia. Our coercive powers give us a unique intelligence collection capability and allow us to inform and provide critical contributions to national strategies to combat serious and organised crime, cybercrime and national security threats.
We are the conduit for sharing criminal information and intelligence between all state, territory and Commonwealth law enforcement agencies. We provide national criminal information and intelligence services to more than 70,000 police officers and other accredited users on a daily basis to keep them, and the Australian community safe.
The ACIC Board provides strategic direction to the ACIC and represents Commonwealth, state and territory law enforcement and other regulatory agencies.
What we do
Our role includes reducing serious and organised crime threats of most harm to Australians and the national interest, and providing national policing information systems and services.
We do this by:
- Enhancing the national picture across the spectrum of crime by developing strategic criminal intelligence assessments and advice on national crime.
- Working with international and domestic partners to disrupt the activities of serious and organised crime targets and reduce their impact on Australia.
- Conducting special operations and special investigations addressing priority areas.
- Developing and maintaining national information and intelligence sharing services and systems.
We began operating as the ACIC in July 2016, when the former Australian Crime Commission and CrimTrac were merged.
We are one of five operational agencies and bodies within the Home Affairs Portfolio. The portfolio brings together Australia's federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs and immigration and border-related functions and agencies, working together to keep Australia safe.
The portfolio was established in December 2017, with the Department of Home Affairs as the central department.