Australia Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from the black market in Australia. Threat data and security information collected from intelligence and security agencies, news articles and other public information sources.

According to the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, arrests for cocaine increased by 55 percent in 2009, with 753 people arrested compared to 486 in 2008.

In addition, 65 percent of all drug users used cocaine in 2009, compared to 50 percent in 2008.

(More crime in Australia statistics.)

Source:  Daily Telegraph, “Drug arrests up as Sydney gripped by cocaine fever,” Herald Sun,  April 19, 2010.

$224.5 Million (260 Million Australian) of drugs was seized in Australia in 2009. Marijuana was that largest drugs seized, with $164 Million (191 Million Australian) worth of cannabis seized by police.

(Current marijuana facts and figures.)

Source:  Peter Hawkins, “Ecstasy use up as police seize drugs worth $260m,” Sydney Morning Herald, February 7, 2010.

105 Australians died from taking overdosing on ecstasy between the years of 2000 to 2008.

Source:  Lisa Mayoh, “Ecstasy tablets kills more Australians,” Sunday Mail, January 31, 2010.


Human smuggling activities lead to around 40 boats carrying 2,000 people to be caught while traveling to Australia from Indonesia. Many of the people who were participating in the human smuggling market were from Sri Lanka or Afghanistan.

Source:  Naila Firdausi and Achmad Sukarsono, “Indonesia, Australia Boost Cooperation Against People Smuggling,” Bloomberg, October 20, 2009.

11 percent of adults between the ages of 20-29 in Australia use illegal drugs.

Source: Jacquelin Magnay, “Elite athletes use recreational drugs despite tests,”Sydney Morning Herald, October 9, 2009.

Cigarette smuggling in Australia caused $42 Million (50 Million Australian Dollars) in lost tax revenue for the Australian Government.

Source: Daily Telegraph, “Illegal cigarettes being smuggled into Australia,”, September 7, 2009.

An estimated $5.5 Billion (6.7 Billion Australian Dollars) is generated each year from sales of illegal drugs in Australia.

Source:  David Collins, Helen Lapsley and Robert Marks, “Illicit drugs damage Australian business,” Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, March 2007, page 4. 

Human trafficking in Australia brings in up to 1,000 people into the country.

90 percent of victims of human trafficking within Australia were trafficked to work in the prostitution industry.

(More stories and articles about human trafficking.)

In 2004, the Australian Institute of Criminology released a study on contract killings that took place in Australia between 1998 and 2002. The study found that 2 percent of all murders during the 4 year period were contract hits.

On average, the price for a contract hit in Australia was $12,700, with the prices ranging from $380 to as high as $76,000.

The hired assassin’s preferred weapon was the gun. According to the study, guns were five times more likely to be used in a contract killing when compared to murders that were not contracted.

In 2004, there were an average of 7 attempted murders based on contracts with 5 hits being successfully completed.


Organized crime groups in Australia steal $7.2 Billion ($10 Billion Australian) a year, according to the Australian Crime Commission.