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Criminal syndicates

Organised crime syndicates or groups engineer much of Australia’s serious crime. These groups are often well-planned enterprises focused on making money. They are engaged in a wide range of activity across many sectors and at all levels of society.

Organised crime groups in Australia pose a high threat to the Australian way of life. They are diverse and flexible, capable, resourceful and resilient. They evolve and adapt to changes in the environment, looking for vulnerabilities to exploit for criminal gain. 

Despite their diversity, high threat organised crime groups have some common characteristics including:

  • transnational connections
  • expansion across multiple crime markets
  • involvement in financial crimes
  • intermingling of legitimate and criminal enterprises
  • use of new technologies
  • use of specialist advice and professional facilitators​
  • the ability to withstand law enforcement interventions.

Approximately 70 per cent of Australia’s serious and organised crime threats are based offshore or have offshore links.

Last updated
12 April 2019