Reform and innovation could offer ways forward for combatting financial crime

May 24th '21

The Australian Institute of Criminology has estimated that serious and organised crime cost Australia up to $47.4 billion in 2016/17. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in fraudulent activity in Australia and around the world.


Even before the pandemic, criminal syndicates were constantly developing new ways to exploit vulnerability and launder the proceeds of crime. For these reasons it is likely that even greater emphasis will be placed on building further capacity to identify and disrupt this criminal activity across the financial sector.


The purpose of anti-money-laundering and counterterrorism financing (AML/CFT) regimes is for financial institutions to identify suspicious activity within their businesses and alert AUSTRAC, the AML/CTF Regulator.


However, the implications of the current legislation results in financial institutions being concerned they are unable to effectively share information with specialised Financial Crime Teams across financial institutions (private-to-private pre suspicion information sharing). This is a significant barrier to better detection and disruption of financial crime.


Read the full article, here.


Source: Australian Payments Network


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  • We analyse the relevant jurisdictions legislation, regulation and industry guidance to ensure that your controls adopt the highest standard possible
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  • Engagement with senior management through relevant committees


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