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High-risk criminal targets, including Australian Priority Organisation Targets (APOT) and Regional Priority Organisation Targets (RPOT) are resilient, well-resourced criminal entities that exploit national and international connections posing a threat to Australia’s national interest.


The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) has been granted extraordinary powers which permit Examiners of the ACIC to compel witnesses to answer questions, or produce documents or things, in relation to special ACIC operations or investigations.


The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) has intelligence on serious and organised criminals targeting Commonwealth-funded programs. This is classified information and not available to the public.


On 28 March 2022, DTO21 (court appointed pseudonym) was found guilty of contempt of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) in the Federal Court of Australia for failing to answer questions asked by an ACIC Examiner and was sentenced to an indefinite term of imprisonment.


The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) conservatively estimates there are 260,000 firearms (250,000 long-arms and 10,000 handguns) in the domestic illicit market.


As the cost of legal tobacco products continues to rise through frequent increases in excise, serious and organised crime groups are taking advantage of the opportunity to make more illicit profits. Organised criminals view the illicit tobacco trade as low-risk and high-reward.


The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) assists Sports Integrity Australia (SIA) by assessing serious and organised crime threats impacting Australian sport and developing and implementing responses to make the sporting sector more resilient to such threats.


The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and its employees continue to comply with all applicable public health orders in the relevant state or territory. The ACIC provides discretion to national managers (SES Band 1) and executive directors (SES Band 2) to implement flexible local working arrangements in each ACIC office, considering the individual circumstances of staff.


The release of material contained within Going Dark: Encrypted Communications in Australia and the Ramifications for Law Enforcement Intelligence Collection would reveal lawful methods and procedures used by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) in preventing, detecting and investigating breaches of the law.


To recognise the critical enabling capability that technology provides to the operations of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), a new Intelligence and Information Systems Division has been created. This will be led by the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) Stewart Sibree.