Suspicious matter reports (SMRs)
If you suspect that a person or transaction is linked to a crime, you must submit a suspicious matter report (SMR) to AUSTRAC. SMRs help protect Australia against money laundering, terrorism financing and other serious financial crime. They are an important part of your AML/CTF reporting program.
High-quality, accurate and timely SMRs give us the best chance to detect, deter and disrupt criminal and terrorist activity.
It is against the law to tell the customer or anyone else that you have formed a suspicion or submitted an SMR to AUSTRAC.
Timing is critical in preventing a serious crime.
- If you form a suspicion related to terrorism financing you must submit an SMR within 24 hours
- If you form a suspicion about any other matter, you must submit an SMR within three business days.
Video: Suspicious matter reporting
Watch the video to learn why accurate and timely SMR reports are vital in our fight to combat serious crime and terrorism.
Video: How SMRs can help disrupt criminal activity
Watch an example of how SMRs can help uncover a large-scale money laundering network and lead to the arrest of the criminals behind it.
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