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The worldwide fight against transnational organised crime : Australia

Technical and background paper no. 9

Dr Gregor Urbas, Dr Russell G. Smith, Ms Rebecca Tailby, Ms Diana Nelson and Mr Rob McCusker
ISBN 0 642 53854 9 ISSN 1445-7261
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, January 2004


This report describes how Australia deals with the problem of organised crime. Most law enforcement activity is focused at the national (federal) level, but each of the six states and two principal territories also have jurisdiction to deal with crime at a local level, even when it involves some cross-border or organised component. This report identifies the principal agencies and organisations in each jurisdiction that are involved in combating organised crime; levels of institutional cooperation between the Australian Commonwealth, states and territories; areas of judicial and quasi judicial control over certain forms of investigation; the advantages of the Australian approach to organised crime; and legal measures relating to organised crime.