Transnational organised crime has a direct impact on Australia and the standards of living the community enjoys, whether through terrorism, drugs, offences against children or money laundering.
In 2017 the Australian Federal Police (AFP) published the report International Engagement 2020 and Beyond, which is the cornerstone of a strategy to protect Australia’s national security from transnational serious and organised crime and terrorism into the future.
What is international engagement?
International engagement is activity undertaken with foreign governments and foreign law enforcement partners to protect a country’s national interests.
Why is international engagement important for Australia?
Cyber or technology‑enabled crime, money laundering, drug dealing and terrorism are becoming increasingly transnational in nature, meaning that crimes against the Australian community can be committed by someone who is not physically present in Australia.
Terrorism has a global reach through the use of the internet and social media to recruit, radicalise and train people in attack methodologies and in some cases execute attacks. Increasing global reliance on the internet for commerce and communication exposes countries and organisations to cyber attacks.
As a result, many criminal investigations now involve overseas law enforcement bodies and require an ability to work on an international scale.