The ACIC is established under the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 (Cth) (ACC Act). We are a Commonwealth statutory body, with our role and functions underpinned by supporting legislation in each state and territory.25
In addition, we provide resources and corporate support to, and collaborate closely with, the AIC on relevant criminological research. Our CEO is also Director of the AIC, and AIC staff have transferred to the ACIC under a Machinery of Government process.
As a Commonwealth statutory authority, we also have responsibilities under the Public Service Act 1999 (Cth) and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (Cth).
We are one of five statutory agencies in the Home Affairs Portfolio (see details of our external governance on pages 163–171).
25 Our agency was formerly known as the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), and may legally be known as either ACIC or ACC.