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Objectives of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)

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

Basis of preparation of the financial statements

The financial statements are general purpose financial statements and are required by section 42 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with:

a) Financial Reporting Rule 2015 (FRR); and

b) Australian Accounting Standards and Interpretations—Reduced Disclosure Requirements issued by the Australian Accounting Standards Board that apply for the reporting period.

The financial statements have been prepared on an accrual basis and in accordance with the historical cost convention, except for certain assets and liabilities at fair value. Except where stated, no allowance is made for the effect of changing prices on the results or the financial position.

The financial statements are presented in Australian dollars and values are rounded to the nearest thousand dollars unless otherwise specified.

Modification to applicability of the PGPA for designated activities under PGPA Act section 105D

The Minister for Finance and the Minister for Home Affairs made determinations under PGPA Act section 105D, which allows modification to specified aspects of the PGPA Act in relation to designated intelligence or security activities. The annual financial statements have not been modified as a result of using the determination.

New accounting standards

All new and revised standards that were issued prior to the sign-off date and are applicable to the current reporting period did not have a material impact on the ACIC's financial statements.


The ACIC is exempt from all forms of taxation except Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Revenues, expenses and assets are recognised net of GST except:

a) where the amount of GST incurred is not recoverable from the Australian Taxation Office; and

b) for receivables and payables.

Contingent assets and liabilities

The ACIC did not have any quantifiable contingencies to report for the financial year ended 30 June 2019. However as at 30 June 2019, the ACIC had a number of legal matters pending that may eventuate in judgements or outcomes that could require monetary payments being made to or from the ACIC. It was not possible to quantify the amounts of any eventual receipts or payments that may eventuate in relation to these claims.

Events after the reporting period

The ACIC did not have any events after 30 June 2019 to report in the 2018–19 financial statements.