Government Department or Agency Report of an allegation of criminal conduct

I am a member of the public wishing to report an allegation of criminal conduct to the AFP. Please visit Report a Commonwealth crime.

We are a Government Department or Agency seeking to Request an Investigative Service.

What is a Report?

A Report is a notification in writing or orally of an allegation that a crime has, is being or may be committed.

When to make a Report to the AFP?

An Australian Government Department or Agency can make a Report of an allegation of criminal conduct to the AFP National Operations and State Service Centre (NOSSC) where an alleged offence/s occurred if it:

How to make a Report to the AFP

For initial enquiries or advice, Government Departments and Agencies should contact the NOSSC [email protected] (02) 51270001.

All Reports should be made using an Agency Report a Crime form (DOCX, 100KB). Refer to the form for information on what is required. Ensure all relevant sections and information is provided. Failure to provide sufficient information may result in the Report being returned or rejected.

If you are having trouble accessing this document, please contact the NOSSC [email protected].

Reports should be sent to the NOSSC Client Liaison Team [email protected], including all relevant information and documents (letter and attachments).

Reports may be sent by email or post, or delivered by hand. Departments and Agencies should consider the security classification and apply a classification accordingly.

They should also consider sensitivity, volume, format and integrity of the information in the form when deciding how to send it to the AFP.

Special Arrangements

Special arrangements for reporting matters have been negotiated with some Departments and Agencies.

AFP investigations of breaches of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 where the Australian Electoral Commission is the complainant are exempt from the provisions of these guidelines.

Exceptional circumstances and after-hours contacts

In exceptional circumstances, where immediate action by the AFP is required, a Report will be considered over the telephone. However the phone call must be supported by a written report within 24 hours.

During business hours, contact the NOSSC Client Liaison Team [email protected]

After hours, contact the NOSSC on (02) 51270001.

To get an urgent response at an airport, 24 hours a day, contact the NOSSC on 131 AFP (131 237).

Terrorism and national security reports

Reports relating to terrorism or national security issues are addressed under specific protocols entered into between the AFP and agencies.

Reports – Politically sensitive

Where deemed appropriate by the reporting agency, matters of a politically sensitive nature may be raised with the Minister responsible for the AFP by the relevant Minister or Department at the same time the matter is reported to the AFP. This enables the Government to be informed at the earliest juncture of potentially politically contentious matters.

Under present arrangements, the Minister for Home Affairs is responsible for the AFP.

The Minister for Home Affairs does not have the power or responsibility to decide what allegations the AFP will, or will not, investigate. The procedure ensures the Minister for Home Affairs is appropriately briefed on significant matters affecting the Portfolio.

The purpose of this procedure is to ensure that there is a coherent, consistent approach by the Government of the day and the AFP. The Minister for Home Affairs will be informed of the investigation's outcome once it has been finalised.

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