The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is a national policing initiative of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments. It is a national online system that allows the public to securely report instances of cybercrime. It also provides advice to help people recognise and avoid common types of cybercrime.
The ACORN is a key initiative under the National Plan to Combat Cybercrime, which sets out how Australian agencies are working together to make Australia a harder target for cybercriminals. The ACORN has been designed to make it easier to report cybercrime and help develop a better understanding of cybercrime affecting Australians. By understanding the enablers of cybercrime, we can make it harder and less rewarding to commit cybercrime.
What does the ACORN do?
The ACORN provides information on how to recognise and avoid common forms of cybercrime (such as hacking, online scams, online fraud, identity theft and attacks on computer systems) as well as advice for those who have fallen victim. It also makes reporting cybercrime easier and more convenient for all Australians.
Who is responsible for the ACORN?
The ACORN has been delivered in collaboration with:
- all Australian police agencies
- the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
- the Australian Attorney-General’s Department
- the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
- the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s role
As the system administrator, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission is responsible for the ACORN’s operation. Reports will be referred by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to law enforcement agencies for appropriate action. The agency will use reported data to develop intelligence products and public information about cybercrime trends.
Reporting to the ACORN will give our policing agencies an enhanced national picture of the cybercrime issues affecting Australians and Australian business.
To report cybercrime, or to read advice on how to recognise and avoid different types of cybercrimes to help you stay safe online, go to the ACORN website.
If you want to enquire about a cybercrime incident which you may have reported, please contact your local police through the nation-wide phone number 131 444 and quote the ACORN reference number except in Victoria where you should contact your local police on the phone number found on the Victoria Police website.