Acting AUSTRAC Chief Executive Officer:
Peter Soros commenced as the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AUSTRAC on 17 June 2023.
As Acting AUSTRAC CEO, Peter leads Australia's financial intelligence unit and anti‐money laundering and counter‐terrorism financing (AML/CTF) regulator.
AUSTRAC’s regulation hardens the financial sector against criminal exploitation and its intelligence provides crucial information to its national security, domestic and international law enforcement partners.
Peter has an extensive and diverse career, including experience in a range of Government roles, including with the Department of Industry and the Department of Human Services. Peter commenced at AUSTRAC in June 2018, as the Deputy CEO of AUSTRAC’s Regulatory Division. In this time, Peter has had responsibility for AUSTRAC’s supervisory, education, policy, enforcement and communication functions. Peter brings to AUSTRAC a strong understanding of law enforcement, intelligence and national security.
Peter is AUSTRAC’s representative on the ACIC Board, the Serious Financial Crime Taskforce CEO Board and the Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Forum. In view of AUSTRAC’s role as a member of the National Intelligence Community, Peter also undertakes agency head-level engagement with the Office of National Intelligence and other NIC members.
Peter was appointed Acting AUSTRAC CEO by the Attorney-General following Ms Nicole Rose’s appointment to the National Anti-Corruption Commission. The process to appoint a permanent AUSTRAC CEO is overseen by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.
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