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International crime cooperation arrangements

Australia's international crime cooperation relationships with other countries facilitate effective extradition, mutual assistance and international transfer of prisoner casework.

International crime cooperation relationships are generally governed by bilateral and multilateral treaties. In some cases, Australia has a non-treaty arrangement with a particular country. A full list of countries that have an international crime cooperation relationship with Australia can be found in the following download:

Australia-China High-Level Security Dialogue

On 21 April 2017, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Attorney-General George Brandis launched the inaugural Australia-China High-Level Security Dialogue, with Secretary Meng Jianzhu, head of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs (CCPLA). Prime Minister Turnbull announced the new dialogue with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his visit to Australia in March 2017.

The dialogue was co-chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Frances Adamson and the Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department Chris Moraitis PSM, with CCPLA Secretary-General Wang Yongqing. The dialogue included exchanges on legal and judicial issues, transnational crime and related bilateral cooperation. Australia reaffirmed its commitment to pursue ratification of the bilateral extradition treaty.

During the dialogue, Australia and China agreed to strengthen law enforcement cooperation and deepen dialogue on cyber issues and counter-terrorism. Australia and China agreed the next round of the High-Level Security Dialogue would take place at senior officials' level in Beijing.

The dialogue agreed on the Australia-China High-Level Security Dialogue Joint Statement.

Extradition arrangements

The Australian Government processes all incoming and outgoing extradition requests in accordance with the Extradition Act 1988.

Australia can only accept extradition requests from countries that have been declared as an extradition country in regulations.

Extradition regulations have been made for five broad groups of extradition countries.

A list of these relationships can be found in the following downloads:

Australia can make an extradition request to any country. However, in the absence of a treaty, whether the request will be accepted depends on the domestic laws of that country.

Mutual assistance arrangements

Australia can make or receive a request for mutual assistance from any country, and there is no need for countries to be prescribed in regulations.

However, to facilitate mutual assistance, Australia has concluded a number of bilateral treaties on mutual assistance in criminal matters.

A full list of countries with which Australia has a bilateral treaty can be found in the downloads below:

Australia also has mutual assistance relationships with countries that are party to multilateral treaties, with mutual assistance obligations, that Australia is also a party to.

A list of these countries can be found in the download below:

Australia can also cooperate with other Commonwealth countries under the Harare Scheme relating to mutual assistance in criminal matters. This scheme is a non‑binding arrangement, which aims to increase the level and scope of assistance rendered between Commonwealth Governments in criminal matters.

It augments, and in no way derogates from existing forms of co-operation, both formal and informal.

Mutual assistance requests are processed in accordance with the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987.

Australia can make a mutual assistance request to any country. However, in the absence of a treaty, whether the request is accepted will depend on the domestic laws of the country.

International transfer of prisoners arrangements

Australia can transfer prisoners to and from countries who have signed or acceded to the Council of Europe Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.

Australia may also transfer prisoners to and from countries with which Australia has concluded a bilateral international transfer of prisoners treaty.

A list of these countries can be found in the following download: