Report crime

Please do not report any crime directly to the Australian Institute of Criminology.

If you wish to report or have information on criminal activity, contact one of the agencies below.

Emergency—police, fire or ambulance

  • Phone: 000

Call Triple Zero (000) for urgent assistance from police, ambulance or fire brigade. This is a free call from any phone in Australia.

You should call 000 in a life threatening or time critical emergency.

Crime Stoppers

If you have any information that might help solve a crime, please call Crime Stoppers. This is a community-based initiative which encourages all members of the public to provide information on:

  • people wanted by police
  • unsolved crimes and future crime that is being planned
  • people you know who have committed criminal offences where they have not been arrested
  • suspicious or unusual activity.

Police assistance line

  • Phone: 131 444

If you are the victim of a crime, other than in life threatening or time critical emergency situations, phone the Police Assistance Line on 131 444. The Police Assistance Line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This allows you to report crime over the phone and the information you provide is immediately available to your local police.

When a police response is required, the Police Assistance Line will arrange for police officers to attend. The Police Assistance Line can also assist you with general police inquiries.

In Victoria please contact your local police station—do not contact the Police Assistance Line.

National Security Hotline

Suspicious activity which may relate to national security issues can be reported to the National Security Hotline. Trained operators take every call seriously and you can remain anonymous. Information is passed on to Australia's police and security agencies for analysis and further investigation.

If you’re calling from overseas, please call (+61) 1300 123 401. For TTY users, call 1800 234 889. If you do not speak English well, call the Translating and Interpreting Hotline Service on 131 450 and ask them to contact the National Security Hotline and interpret for you.

Cybercrime reporting

The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network  (ACORN) is a national policing initiative of the Australian, 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.

For more information, visit the ACORN website.


Your report can assist the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to monitor scam trends and take action as appropriate. You will also be able to receive information on the matter being reported and any options that may be available. SCAMwatch does not provide legal advice.