Sharing national policing information for a safer community
CrimTrac is the national information-sharing service for Australia’s police, law enforcement and national security agencies.
Under the Australian Constitution, each state and territory is responsible for maintaining law and order within its borders, with the Australian Federal Police serving the Commonwealth. While police respect these borders, criminals do not. There are numerous examples of people moving between states to commit crimes or avoid detection by police.
CrimTrac works in partnership with Australia’s police agencies to provide services that allow police to easily share information with each other across state and territory borders. By providing officers with more complete national information, CrimTrac’s services help police to investigate, solve and prevent crimes. This vital information improves an officer’s decision-making and safety, and contributes to a safer Australia. The services CrimTrac provides include:
CrimTrac is an executive agency within the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Portfolio. It was established in 2000 under an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between the Commonwealth and each of Australia’s nine police agencies. The IGA underpins CrimTrac’s mandate to lead the delivery of national information-sharing services for law enforcement agencies. In 2006, CrimTrac and all state and territory police commissioners entered into a partnership Memorandum of Understanding, which supports the IGA.
The success CrimTrac has achieved during this time is an excellent example of cooperative federalism, with the Commonwealth, states and territories working together to prevent, detect and reduce crime.
CrimTrac will lead the delivery of national information-sharing services for law enforcement.
Deliver and maintain high-quality, timely and cost-effective national law enforcement information services.
CrimTrac will enhance Australian policing and law enforcement, through the delivery of high-quality information services that meet the needs of the law enforcement community.