The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) was formed to strengthen our response to crime affecting Australia. The ACIC’s investigative, research and information delivery services work with our law enforcement partners to stop criminals exploiting emerging opportunities and perceived gaps in law enforcement information.
We work closely with many national and international partners to:
- create a national intelligence picture of crime
- target serious and organised crime
- deliver information and services to frontline policing and law enforcement
- undertake crime and justice research to build an evidence base for addressing crime in Australia.
Our mission is to make Australia safer through improved national ability to discover, understand and respond to current and emerging crime threats and criminal justice issues, including the ability to connect police and law enforcement to essential policing knowledge and information.
It is our priority to fill cross-agency IT gaps, replacing previously incompatible IT systems with better, more integrated platforms that will save resources and time. The more responsive our systems, the more quickly our police and national security agencies can act to prevent, detect and disrupt significant threats.
We inform crime and justice policy and practice in Australia through the Australian Institute of Criminology by undertaking, funding and disseminating policy relevant research of national significance, and generating a crime and justice evidence base and national knowledge centre. The Institute centrally collects and analyses national criminological data and provides evidence-based research to government and policing agencies.
The ACIC is one of five operational agencies and bodies within the Home Affairs Portfolio, which was established in December 2017. 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 Department of Home Affairs is the central department for the Portfolio.