Identity Crime and Misuse

In April 2007 the Council of Australian Governments agreed to a National Identity Security Strategy designed to protect the identities of Australians in a more regulated and efficient way. The strategy also recognised the need to quantify the nature and extent of identity crime and misuse and recommended the creation of an identity crime and misuse longitudinal measurement framework that could be used to measure the effectiveness of policy and practice throughout Australia.

The AIC was engaged by the Attorney-General’s Department to conduct an annual monitoring of identity crime and misuse. The program involves the collection of national data from public sector and private sector entities to measure the impact and incidence of identity crime and misuse and survey data from the Australian public to determine experiences of victimisation and perceptions of risk.