For journalists

AUSTRAC is an Australian Government agency that helps detect and prevent money laundering, terrorism financing and other serious crime. We are both an intelligence agency and a regulator.

Read an overview of AUSTRAC’s role and work.

Contact the AUSTRAC media team

The first point of contact for media enquiries about AUSTRAC is the Media and Communications team. We operate during business hours and will try to respond to you as quickly as possible.

Media releases and speeches

Search our recent media releases and speeches. Archived media releases can be found on the Trove website, maintained by the National Library of Australia.

Limits on information sharing

We do all we can to be open and transparent, however there are matters we can’t comment on. These include:

  • individual intelligence or operational matters
  • whether an individual or reporting entity is the subject of any investigation by AUSTRAC or our partner agencies.

Unauthorised disclosure of official information may put law enforcement operations at risk.

AUSTRAC employees may be prevented from disclosing information by laws including:

  • part 11 of the AML/CTF Act which contains the secrecy provisions relating to AUSTRAC information
  • section 70 of the Crimes Act 1914 which makes it an offence for a Commonwealth officer to publish or communicate any fact, or document which comes into their knowledge or possession, and which it is his or her duty not to disclose.

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Last updated: 29 Jun 2023
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