MORRISON GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES COORDINATED CYBERCRIME CRACKDOWN

The Morrison Government is securing the online tools and technologies of the future, today opening a new Australian Federal Police-led centre dedicated to combatting crime online, and launching Australia’s National Plan to Combat Cybercrime, following its endorsement by Commonwealth, State and Territory Police Ministers last week. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said the National…

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PROCEEDS OF CRIME FUNDING TO DANIEL MORCOMBE FOUNDATION TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE

The Morrison Government is ensuring children learn crucial safety skills, including in an online environment, through new funding to The Daniel Morcombe Foundation (the Foundation) drawn from proceeds of crime. The $3.4 million in funding will deliver the Foundation’s ‘Bright Futures Program’, which aims to prevent, identify and respond to harmful sexual behaviours (including technology…

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MORRISON GOVERNMENT’S STRONG SUPPORT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IS GETTING RESULTS AND KEEPING AUSTRALIANS SAFE

Results released today in the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s (ACIC) National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report, reveal the ongoing benefit of the Morrison Government’s strong support for Australian law enforcement agencies. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said that under the Morrison Government, total funding for the Australian Federal Police had increased to $1.7 billion,…

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NORTHERN TERRITORY TO BENEFIT FROM FUNDING BOOST FOR COMMUNITY SAFETY

The Morrison Government is improving community safety in the Northern Territory and assisting at-risk youth by delivering an extra $50 million under round six of the highly-successful Safer Communities Fund. More than $1.2 million in extra funding has been allocated to Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation, a major service delivery agency in Alice Springs offering services…

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NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART BRISBANE OFFICE FOR AUSTRAC

The Morrison Government is putting financial criminals on notice that their ill-gotten gains are squarely in the sites of AUSTRAC – Australia’s financial intelligence agency – with the opening of a new state-of-the-art Brisbane office for the agency. Officially opened by Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews, the new premises are located in the heart…

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HAMAS LISTED AS TERRORIST ORGANISATION

Australia has today listed Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code. This listing replaces the previous listing of Hamas’ paramilitary wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which had been listed since 2003. The Government also designates Hamas for the purpose of counter-terrorism financing sanctions. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews…

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PROTECTING SUPPLY CHAINS FROM CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

Criminals operating within Australia’s supply chain and infiltrating our borders have been put on notice following strong results from Operation Jardena, which has seen the number of Australian Border Force (ABF) officers focused on combatting this threat doubled. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said our border is a national asset that Australians rely on…

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CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE REFORMS WILL STRENGTHEN AND PROTECT OUR AVIATION AND MARITIME INFRASTRUCTURE

Australia’s airports and seaports will be better protected from a broader range of threats, including cyber-attacks under legislation introduced to Parliament today. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said the Transport Security Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2022 (TSACI Bill) will continue to safeguard Australia’s vital aviation and maritime infrastructure from terrorism, and ensure this critical…

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MORRISON GOVERNMENT TAKING ACTION AGAINST RANSOMWARE CYBERCRIMINALS

The Morrison Government has today put criminal law reforms to Parliament that will see tougher offences and tougher penalties introduced for all forms of cyber extortion. These changes will ensure cybercriminals who use ransomware face an increased maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment and criminals targeting Australia’s critical infrastructure will receive a maximum penalty of…

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LEGISLATION TO COMBAT MOBILE PHONE CRIME IN AUSTRALIA’S PRISONS

The Morrison Government has today introduced into Parliament new legislation to assist state and territory corrective services authorities identify, investigate and prevent illegal mobile phone criminal activity in Australia’s prisons. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said it is vital for prison authorities to have the powers they need to uncover illicit mobile phones and…

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