Media Statement: AFP statement on search warrants in Melbourne

The Australian Federal Police can confirm that it executed two search warrants in Melbourne yesterday evening as part of an investigation concerning allegations of the unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information.

These allegations were the subject of a referral from the National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co), received by the AFP on 9 December 2015. This investigation has been ongoing since that date.

This investigation has been undertaken independent of government, and decisions regarding yesterday’s activity were made by the AFP alone.

Search warrants conducted in East Melbourne and Brunswick are part of a phased approach that the AFP has undertaken regarding this investigation. The next phase of this investigation involves the examination and analysis of material collected during these search warrants.

The federal government and opposition were appropriately notified and advised of operational activity regarding this matter after it commenced yesterday.

The AFP has received assistance from the NBN Co in this investigation, which included facilitating interviews with a number of NBN Co employees as part of yesterday’s activity.

This investigation remains ongoing, and the AFP will provide further detail when it is appropriate to do.

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