Crime and law enforcement: a quick guide to key internet links

18 July 2014

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Cat Barker
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section


This Quick Guide provides key internet links to websites with information on crime and law enforcement arrangements and issues.

Australian Government

  • Attorney-General’s Department—the lead Commonwealth agency for criminal law, law enforcement policy, crime prevention and anti-corruption. Key pages include:

–      crime and corruption—overview and links to more specific information including legislation and policy on organised crime, money laundering, people smuggling, human trafficking, cybercrime, foreign bribery, anti-corruption, illicit drugs and federal offenders
–      crime prevention—information on the government’s crime prevention initiatives, including grants programs and
–      international crime cooperation arrangements—information on extradition, mutual assistance and international transfer of prisoners processes and arrangements with other countries.

Parliamentary and other oversight bodies

  • Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement—monitors, reviews and reports on the performance of the AFP and ACC, matters relevant to the functions of those agencies and trends and changes in criminal activities, practices and methods; oversees the operation of the unexplained wealth provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
  • Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity—monitors, reviews and reports on the performance of ACLEI, matters relevant to the functions of the agency and corruption and integrity trends and changes relevant to Commonwealth law enforcement agencies.
  • Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs—oversees the Attorney-General’s and Immigration and Border Protection portfolios, including through Senate Estimates and inquiries into Bills and matters relevant to those portfolios.
  • Commonwealth Ombudsman—has statutory responsibility for inspecting and reporting on law enforcement agencies’ records relating to the exercise of powers under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979, Crimes Act 1914 and Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and, under the Australian Federal Police Act 1979, AFP records relating to conduct and practice issues. Most of these reports are published on the website.

Ministerial council

  • Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC)—comprised of up to two ministers each from the Commonwealth, each state and territory and New Zealand with portfolio responsibility for law and justice, police and emergency management. LCCSC’s broad themes are law enforcement and crime reduction, law reform and emergency management. It meets twice each year. The website includes information about current priorities, communiques from meetings, projects, and publications. The LCCSC replaced the Standing Council on Law and Justice (SCLJ) and the Standing Council on Police and Emergency Management (SCPEM) following a December 2013 decision to streamline the Council of Australian Governments’ council system. The archive page of the website provides links to information relating to the two former Standing Councils.


State and territory police services

State and territory justice departments

Select operational and research organisations





For copyright reasons some linked items are only available to members of Parliament. 

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