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Cybercrime

The internet and digital economy represent a significant opportunity for Australia. However, cyber criminals increasingly exploit Australia's digital connectivity for their criminal activities.

In Australia, the term 'cybercrime' is used to describe both:

  • Cyber-dependent crimes directed at computers or other information communications technologies (ICTs) – such as computer intrusions and denial of service attacks
  • Cyber-enabled crimes, which can increase in their scale and or/reach through the use of computers or other forms of ICTs – such as online fraud, identity theft and the distribution of child exploitation material.

Cybercrime law

Australia has a strong criminal offence and law enforcement framework to address a broad range of cybercrimes. This includes a comprehensive set of computer and telecommunications offences under Parts 7.3, 10.6 and 10.7 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995. They include:

  • dishonestly obtaining or dealing in personal financial information .
  • online child sexual exploitation and abuse
  • cyber abuse including non-consensual sharing of intimate images
  • computer intrusions
  • unauthorised modification of data, including destruction of data
  • unauthorised impairment of electronic communications, including denial of service attacks
  • the creation and distribution of malicious software (for example, viruses and ransomware)

Each state and territory in Australia has its own cybercrime related offences that complement Commonwealth legislation as well as legislation which covers online fraud and other technology enabled crimes.

Report a cybercrime incident

If you or your business are a victim of a cybercrime, report it to the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

If you have been the victim of a cybercrime of data breach you can contact IDCARE for support.

If there is an immediate threat to life or risk of harm, call 000.

Find out more

Fighting cybercrime is a whole-of-government effort. To find out more about Australia's response to cybercrime visit:

Cybercrime updates

For the latest advisories on recent Australian cybercrime incidents, visit the ACSC website . The Department Home Affairs website also has updates on the Medibank Private and Optus data breaches.