Australia boasts a diverse range of unique animals and plants that are not found anywhere else in the world. Organised criminals target our native animals for profit, removing them from their habitat and mistreating them. This cruel crime puts some of Australia’s most vulnerable species at further risk and has the potential to cause significant environmental damage.

To protect Australia’s native wildlife against this crime, AUSTRAC’s Fintel Alliance, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has developed a financial crime guide on illegal wildlife trafficking. The guide explains how illegal wildlife trafficking takes place, and specific indicators that can help you identify and report this type of activity.

Download and read the Financial crime guide - Stopping the illegal trafficking of Australian wildlife (PDF, 1.29MB).

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Last updated: 5 Apr 2023
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