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Emergency

Triple Zero (000)

For police, fire or ambulance

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if the incident is life-threatening, needs urgent police attendance or a serious crime is happening now.

For Police Assistance

131 444

Call 131 444 when police attendance is required and when it is not an emergency.

Examples

  • A disturbance or breach of the peace (antisocial behaviour)
  • Something which has happened in the past
  • A burglary including at a commercial property or a home with no occupant present
  • Theft (including theft of a motor vehicle)
  • Property damage
Crime Stoppers

1800 333 000

Crime Stoppers can take reports about crime information anonymously.

Examples

  • General/suspicious activity
  • Drugs
  • Traffic
National Security Hotline

1800 1234 00

National Security Hotline can take reports about crime information anonymously.

Examples

  • Concerns about, or information on threats to Australia’s critical infrastructure
  • Information on possible terrorist activity or, if you have seen or heard something suspicious that may need investigation by security agencies
State or Territory Crimes

Report these to your local police

Examples

  • Abduction
  • Assault
  • Cybercrime – including online fraud, such as eBay, and internet scams
  • Drink driving
  • Drugs – drug dealers and drug users
  • Fraud – including online and overseas frauds and scams
  • Home invasions
  • Kidnapping
  • Missing persons
  • Murder
  • Rape or sexual assault
  • Stalking – including online stalking
  • Theft – including theft of mail once delivered
  • Threats – including threats by phone, email, social networking sites, forums etc
  • Traffic offences
Commonwealth Crimes

Report these to the Australian Federal Police

Examples

  • Aircraft, airport and aviation crimes
  • Child sex offences by Australians in foreign countries
  • Cybercrime committed against Commonwealth Government departments or information systems of national significance
  • Drug importation and exportation
  • People smuggling
  • Human Trafficking – including trafficking for slavery, organ harvesting, sexual, domestic and/or labour servitude and forced marriage
  • Online Child Exploitation (child abuse material)
  • Terrorism
  • Fraud against the Commonwealth government
  • Theft from the Commonwealth government
  • Assault on a Commonwealth official
  • Threats against a Commonwealth official

Make a report to:

Click on the relevant State, Territory or Organisation

Online Crimes

Report these to the authority listed against each crime

  • Online child sexual exploitation / online grooming

    Online sexual exploitation most commonly includes grooming, live streaming, consuming child sexual abuse material, and coercing and blackmailing children for sexual purposes.

    When making a report, it is helpful to collect evidence before the content is removed to show police exactly what happened. This includes chat, photos or videos by taking screenshots or photos. Where possible record the webpage addresses (URLs), social media details (including account or profile usernames), dates/times and any other information that you think is relevant.

    Make a report to:

    Click on the relevant State, Territory or Organisation

  • Removal of inappropriate, offensive or illegal content

    If you encounter a description or depiction of child sexual abuse or other exploitative or offensive descriptions or depictions of a child (child abuse material) online or other offensive and illegal content, you can report it to the eSafety Commissioner.

    The eSafety Commissioner works with the global INHOPE network to achieve rapid takedown of child abuse material (CAM) hosted overseas, and cooperates closely with Australian law enforcement when CAM is hosted in Australia.

    Make a report to:

    Click on the relevant State, Territory or Organisation

  • Image-based abuse (including sexual extortion)

    Image-based abuse occurs when intimate, nude or sexual images are distributed without the consent of the person pictured. This includes real, altered and drawn pictures and videos. The sharing of intimate images without consent can have serious consequences.

    Creating, possessing and/or sharing sexualised images of people under 18 years can be a criminal offence and can be considered child sexual exploitation material and should be reported to law enforcement.

    The eSafety Commissioner has a range of powers to help with the removal of intimate images or videos and, in some cases, take civil action against the person who shared the content without consent.

    Make a report to:

    Click on the relevant State, Territory or Organisation

  • Cyberbullying

    The eSafety Commissioner operates a complaints scheme to tackle serious cyberbullying affecting an Australian child. Working with social media companies, they have powers to assist the rapid removal of material when it is seriously threatening, seriously humiliating, seriously harassing, or seriously intimidating.

    Make a report to:

    Click on the relevant State, Territory or Organisation

  • Scams

    ScamWatch is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). It provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.

    Make a report to:

    Click on the relevant State, Territory or Organisation

  • Cybercrime

    ReportCyber is a national online system to securely report instances of cybercrime. It also provides advice to help people recognise and avoid common types of cybercrime.

    In Australia, cybercrime refers to:

    • Crimes committed directly against computers and computer systems
    • The use of technology to commit or facilitate the commission of traditional crimes

    This could include crimes such as fraud, scams and harassment.

    Make a report to:

    Click on the relevant State, Territory or Organisation

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