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About us

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) has a vision of a safer Australia that is better connected, informed and capable of responding to crime.

We work with our partners on investigations and to collect intelligence to combat serious and organised crime, cybercrime and national security threats. We are the conduit for sharing criminal information and intelligence between all state, territory and Commonwealth law enforcement agencies.

We began operating on 1 July 2016. The ACIC is a statutory agency within the Home Affairs portfolio, in which the Department of Home Affairs is the central policy department.


Our purpose is to make Australia safer through improved national ability to discover, understand and respond to current and emerging crime, including the ability to connect police and law enforcement to essential criminal intelligence, policing knowledge and information through collaborative national information systems and services.


We are uniquely equipped as Australia’s national criminal intelligence agency with investigative and information delivery functions. Our role includes reducing serious and organised crime threats of most harm to Australians and the national interest and providing national policing information systems and services.

To perform our role and achieve our purpose, we work closely with national and international partners to:

  • collect, correlate, analyse and disseminate criminal information and intelligence
  • maintain a national database of criminal information and intelligence
  • provide and maintain national information capabilities and services to support policing and law enforcement
  • provide strategic criminal intelligence assessments and advice on national criminal intelligence priorities
  • conduct investigations and intelligence operations into federally relevant criminal activity
  • provide nationally coordinated criminal history checks.


Our strategic and corporate plans are framed around four key elements:

  • DISCOVER—We generate and collect intelligence about new and emerging serious and organised crime. We integrate and analyse all available information to discover new crime threats.
  • UNDERSTAND—Our role as the national criminal intelligence hub enables us to create a full and enriched national picture of crime. Our strategic intelligence assessments and insights inform national decision-making on crime.
    • Prevent—Our information services inform and protect police, the community and potential victims of crime. We work with our partners to make it harder for criminals to operate by informing legislative change and preventative strategies.
    • Disrupt and protect—We provide critical intelligence contributions to partners that drive the disruption, disabling and dismantling of serious and organised criminal enterprises. We provide police with timely access to police information when they are investigating crime and safeguarding the community.
  • CONNECT—We are a conduit between the states and territories and Commonwealth for the sharing of criminal information and intelligence. We facilitate deconfliction and collaboration among partners. We develop and maintain innovative national information and intelligence sharing services.

Culture and values

We promote a culture that strives for excellence, enables personal and professional growth, values workplace diversity, models respectful behaviour, and achieves agency unity through collaboration and inclusiveness.

We value our professionally diverse people as our greatest asset. We engage with each other and our stakeholders ethically, and with integrity and respect. We are capable, agile, innovative, adaptable and service focused.

We are committed to the Australian Public Service values of being impartial, committed to service, accountable, respectful and ethical.