Law enforcement task forces

AUSTRAC plays an important role in providing financial intelligence to partners in Australia and internationally, through our participation in counter-terrorism and law enforcement task forces.

Our task force collaborations are diverse, allowing us to provide targeted, actionable intelligence by effectively engaging with partner agencies to share information that supports national security and law enforcement outcomes.

We are an active member and contributor to the priority criminal task forces listed below, focusing on money laundering, terrorism financing, organised crime, child exploitation, drugs, fraud, corruption and tax evasion.

Task force



Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE)

The ACCCE is a centre of expertise and specialist skills that provides a coordinated response to the online exploitation of children both in Australia and overseas. ACCCE combines the resources and experience of all Australian governments, as well as non-government organisations and private industry.


Operation ATHENA

Operation ATHENA targets the trafficking and use of illicit firearms throughout Australia and involves all policing jurisdictions as well as a number of Federal agencies.


Black Economy Standing Task Force (BEST)

BEST draws on expertise from across government to develop policies, reforms and enforcement to discourage people from entering the black economy, a term used to describe those who operate outside the tax and regulatory system.


Criminal Assets Confiscation Task Force (CACT)

The multi-agency CACT provides a coordinated and integrated approach to identifying and removing the profits derived from serious and organised criminal activity.


Task Force CADENA

Task Force CADENA aims to detect and disrupt criminal syndicates that profit from the criminal exploitation of foreign workers and Australia’s migration system.


Operation GRIFFIN

Operation GRIFFIN is a national coordination group acting as the primary source of advice to the Serious Organised Crime Coordination Committee on all matters relating to child protection.


Illicit Tobacco Task Force (ITTF)

The ITTF protects Commonwealth revenue and the tobacco excise system by proactively targeting, disrupting and dismantling serious actors and organised crime syndicates that deal in illicit tobacco.


Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Task Force (JACET)

JACET brings together the AFP and State and Territory police to combat and investigate child exploitation matters. The JACET model co-locates AFP officers with local State and Territory police Sex Crime Commands, or equivalent, which operate based on information provided by the ACCCE.



Task Force MORPHEUS connects Commonwealth, State and Territory law enforcement agencies to provide a nationally coordinated response to high threat outlaw motor cycle gangs (OMCGs) operating across domestic and international borders.


Phoenix Task Force

The Phoenix Task Force comprises 32 Commonwealth, State and Territory government agencies providing a whole-of-government approach to combating illegal phoenix activity.


Serious Financial Crime Task Force (SFCT)

SFCT brings together the knowledge, resources and experience of relevant law enforcement and regulatory agencies to identify and address the most serious and complex forms of financial crime.


Operation THEMIS

Operation THEMIS is part of the law enforcement strategy framework sitting under the Serious Organised Crime Consultative Committee. THEMIS is responsible for targeting serious financial crimes including fraud, money laundering and corruption.


Task Force TRIDENT

Task Force TRIDENT is a joint agency task force comprising Victoria Police, AFP, ABF, AUSTRAC, ATO and the Australian Crime Commission. Its primary aim is to detect, deter and disrupt serious and organised crime on Victoria’s waterfront.


Operation VITREUS

Operation VITREUS is part of the law enforcement strategy framework sitting under the Serious Organised Crime Consultative Committee, focused on disrupting illicit drug activity. 


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Last updated: 27 Jun 2023
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