Identity crime and misuse in Australia 2019

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This report examines the nature, extent and impact of identity crime and misuse in Australia for the year 2018–19. It presents data from Commonwealth, state and territory agencies as well as from the private sector and other non-government sources. The Australian Institute of Criminology, within the Home Affairs portfolio, publishes this information as a key initiative of the National Identity Security Strategy.

The 2019 survey of identity crime and misuse found 25 percent of respondents had experienced misuse of their personal information at some time in their lives, nearly 12 percent within the previous year. These findings are consistent with those of the 2018 survey. These results, combined with data collected from stakeholders, help policymakers raise awareness of identity crime and reduce its impact throughout Australia. Government, law enforcement and private sector industry cooperation and data sharing was essential in the preparation of this report.


  • Acknowledgements
  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Abstract
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Acquisition of fraudulent identities
  • Use of fraudulent identities
  • Remediation of identity crime
  • Prevention of identity crime
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Appendix A: Measurement framework indicators
  • Appendix B: Definition of key terms
  • Appendix C: Government data
  • Appendix D: Police data