Australia is a highly connected country - technology and the internet are crucial to Australia's way of life.
However, while the potential of the internet and digital economy is clearly a massive opportunity for Australia, it is also quickly emerging as a key enabler for criminal activity.
In Australia, the term 'cybercrime' is used to describe both:
- crimes directed at computers or other information communications technologies (ICTs) (such as hacking and denial of service attacks) and
- crimes where computers or ICTs are an integral part of an offence (such as online fraud, identity theft and the distribution of child exploitation material).
Responsibility for combating the different forms of cybercrime in Australia is shared between Australian Government agencies state and territory agencies. All jurisdictions have criminal laws directed at the various forms of cybercrime.
The Australian Attorney-General's Department has led the development of a National Plan to Combat Cybercrime, in consultation with Australian Government agencies, state and territory agencies.