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Mutual assistance overview

Mutual assistance​
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Mutual assistance is the process countries use to obtain government to government assistance in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Mutual assistance is also used to recover proceeds of crime.

Australia can make requests to any foreign country and can receive requests from any foreign country. The process is assisted by over 25 bilateral mutual assistance treaties to which Australia is a party.