National Criminal Intelligence System

National Criminal Intelligence System

The Australian Government provided $59.1 million over four years to implement the National Criminal Intelligence System (NCIS). We will commence implementation in 2018-19.

NCIS will be a whole of government capability, operating in a secure, national information sharing environment. It will support collation and sharing of criminal intelligence and information across state, territory and Commonwealth law enforcement.

NCIS will give Australia’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies the first truly national, unified picture of criminal activity and provide frontline officers the information and intelligence they need to combat crime and disrupt the terrorism threat.

NCIS Pilot Program

The NCIS Pilot Program ran from June 2015 to June 2017, with $9.8 million funding under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Our agency worked with 20 Commonwealth, state and territory partner organisations to collaborate on the pilot.

The pilot program attracted more than 11,000 searches across more than 600 million available records and demonstrated that an NCIS system will provide real-world benefits through improved information and criminal intelligence sharing.

Benefits to participating agencies during the pilot included: more informed risk assessments, which enhanced officer safety; improved efficiency in discovering information and intelligence; deconfliction and greater collaboration across agencies; improved access to and awareness of existing and new criminal intelligence and information; better understanding of criminality and associations for persons of interest; and new lines of inquiry for investigators.

For example:

  • NCIS checks revealed information from Australia that helped lead to the arrest and sentencing of an international cybercriminal in the United Kingdom, who had used malware to fraudulently remove $700,000 from an Australian business bank account.
  • An analyst from a Commonwealth agency and an analyst from a state policing agency were both searching the NCIS pilot system for the same person of interest. The deconfliction alert enabled the two analysts to get in touch and collaborate on their investigations into the person of interest, reducing duplication of effort.
  • The Joint Counter Terrorism Team received a short-notice referral of a potential terrorist threat to public safety in Melbourne over the 2016 Christmas period. When the nature of the threat changed and the need to move on search warrants and arrests was unexpectedly brought forward, investigators were able to use NCIS to check details for persons of interest in a much shorter timeframe than would have otherwise been possible.