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Identity crime and misuse in Australia


On 16 November 2016, the Minister for Justice the Hon Michael Keenan MP, released the report Identity Crime and Misuse in Australia 2016 prepared by the Attorney-General’s Department.

The report provides the latest estimates on the prevalence and cost of identity crime, based on data from over 50 different Commonwealth, state and territory entities; and community surveys conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology and Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The report indicates that identity crime continues to be the most common crime type in Australia. It also estimates that the annual economic impact of identity crime exceeds $2.2 billion and supports findings from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission that identity crime continues to be a key enabler of serious and organised crime.

This Report and earlier versions are available at:

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