Operations and investigations

Operations and investigations

The Board of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (the Board) authorises, by determination, a special ACIC operation or special ACIC investigation to occur. The Board may only exercise this power when it considers that it is in the public interest. The ACIC’s coercive powers may only be exercised for the purposes of a special ACIC operation or special ACIC investigation. 

Coercive powers as well as a full range of traditional investigative methods, including telephone interception, surveillance devices and controlled operations, can be applied to special ACIC investigations and operations.

Special operations

Special ACIC operations focus on gathering intelligence on a particular criminal activity, so informed decisions can be made about the extent, impact and threat of that criminal activity.

Special investigations

Special ACIC investigations are designed not only to collect intelligence but also to disrupt and deter identified criminal groups through collecting evidence of criminal activity that may result in arrests and/or seizures of illegally obtained assets.