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What the CCC investigates

The CCC investigates major crime referred to it by the Crime Reference Committee, a statutory body established under the Crime and Corruption Act.

A system of general referrals enables the CCC to investigate specific areas of major crime without the need for a specific referral from the committee.  These referrals include:

  • Organised Crime — organised crime that involves an offence relating to drugs, weapons, money laundering, property or prostitution, or an offence against the person or the administration of justice
  • Organised Crime (Facilitators) — organised crime that involves a professional facilitator, an industry insider or a drug producer
  • Serious Crime (Vulnerable Victims) — offences of homicide or serious harm to a “vulnerable victim” (i.e. aged under 16, aged over 70 or physically or mentally disabled)
  • Serious Crime (Sexual Offences) — sexual offences committed by a “serial” offender, or which are aggravated by the presence of multiple offenders and/or a weapon
  • Criminal Paedophilia — sexual offences against children and/or offences relating to child exploitation material
  • Terrorism — terrorist acts, or threats of terrorist acts.

Specific referrals are granted on a case-by-case basis for matters not covered by a general referral, where a police investigation may not be effective and it is in the public interest.

What is major crime?

Under the Crime and Corruption Act 2001, major crime means—

  • criminal activity that involves an indictable offence punishable on conviction by a term of imprisonment not less than 14 years; or
  • criminal paedophilia; or
  • organised crime; or
  • terrorism; or
  • something that is—
    • preparatory to the commission of criminal paedophilia, organised crime or terrorism; or
    • undertaken to avoid detection of, or prosecution for, criminal paedophilia, organised crime or terrorism.
Last updated: 11 September 2015

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