We work with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve a shared national outcome of a safer Australia, as shown in Figure 1.3. Our stakeholders include:
Australian community—We undertake our activities in order to support and improve the safety of the Australian community, through generating and sharing intelligence about serious and organised criminal activity, supporting police partners to respond to crime, or providing information to support decision-making on entitlement or employment through the NPCS.
Australian Government—We report to the Minister for Home Affairs and work within the Home Affairs portfolio to ensure that our response to serious and organised crime is coordinated across government.
Commonwealth agencies—We leverage our unique position to link Commonwealth and state law enforcement and intelligence agencies. We generate intelligence that is shared among relevant Commonwealth partners to support responding to serious and organised crime in Australia. The heads of a number of Commonwealth agencies are members of the ACIC Board.
State and territory police—We provide state and territory law enforcement agencies with information and services that support them to undertake their role. Each police commissioner is a member of the ACIC Board and provides strategic direction and oversight to our agency.
State and territory governments—We generate intelligence that can be used by state and territory governments to close opportunities for criminal activity, strengthen regulations or directly disrupt criminal activity through court proceedings.
Private sector—We rely on parties in the private sector to support the delivery of national police systems, act as accredited bodies and build relationships to support responses to the evolving criminal threats that Australia faces.
Academia—The ACIC partners with established sources of scientific expertise within Australian academic institutions to ensure that we remain at the forefront of responding to serious and organised criminal threats to Australia.
Oversight bodies—To make sure that we use our agency powers responsibly, effectively and in accordance with the law at all times, we are properly subject to significant external oversight.
International agencies—We leverage our relationships with international law enforcement and intelligence agencies to support our response to serious and organised crime in Australia.
The ACIC has accredited certain organisations to help individuals apply for and submit police checks. These organisations are entrusted with direct access to the NPCS and play a vital role to help safeguard the Australian community. Accredited bodies include Australian Government agencies, private sector businesses, not-for-profit organisations and screening units for working with children or vulnerable people.
Figure 1.3: Stakeholders
ABF = Australian Border Force, ACTPol = Australian Capital Territory Policing, AFP = Australian Federal Police, AGD = Attorney-General's Department, AIC = Australian Institute of Criminology, ASD = Australian Signals Directorate, ASIC = Australian Securities and Investments Commission, ASIO = Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, ATO = Australian Taxation Office, AUSTRAC = Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, DFAT = Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, IGC-ACC = Inter-Governmental Committee on the Australian Crime Commission, ISPs = internet service providers, NSWPF = New South Wales Police Force, NTPol = Northern Territory Police, ONI = Office of National Intelligence, PJC-IS = Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, PJC-LE = Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement, PM&C = Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, QPS = Queensland Police Service, SAPol = South Australia Police, TasPol = Tasmania Police, VicPol = Victoria Police, WA Police = Western Australia Police Force
Due to the collaborative nature of our work, our stakeholder relationships are critical to achieving our purpose. We regularly seek feedback from our stakeholders, and incorporate it into our performance measurement and ongoing stakeholder engagement. Key results and stakeholder comments are included in the annual performance statements in Section 2 of this report, and an overview of feedback in 2019–20 is in the ‘Stakeholder research’ section.