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 security officials in Australia, the indoor marijuana growing industry in the country is worth $1.85 Million (2 Million Australian Dollars) per year.

The marijuana is grown by organized crime gangs that use empty residential houses to grow the illicit drug on a commercial scale. Immigration officials state that many people from Vietnam are brought over to the country by human smugglers in order to work in the cannabis cultivation industry.

Police in Victoria stated that nearly 50 percent of people who were charged for marijuana cultivation were from Vietnam.

Source:  Samantha Maiden, “Crime syndicates importing Vietnamese asylum seekers to grow marijuana and work in brothels,”, July 28, 2013.

A survey conducted by the Global Cyber Security Response Team in India found at least 10,500 websites on the Internet that allowed for gambling and betting activities. Many of the websites were administered and and set up in countries where online gambling is legal, such as the United Kingdom and Australia.

Although Internet gambling is illegal in countries such as India, many customers are able to place wagers on cricket matches at these websites. The gambling websites don’t accept credit cards from India, but those restrictions are easily bypassed through the use of e-wallet accounts and online payment systems.

(More illegal online gambling statistics.)

Source:  Laigh A. Khan, “Betting is a mere click away,” Hindu, May 28, 2013.

In the Australian city of Melbourne, paramedics were called to respond to 592 cases of crystal meth usage during 2011-2012. In the 2010-2011 year, city paramedics dealt with 282 cases of crystal meth, and 136 cases in 2009-2010.

Officials say that the calls for crystal meth problems spike during the weekends.

(Methamphetamine facts and user addiction information.)

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Australia has the highest price of meth in the world, with a gram costing $614.

Source:  AAP, “Meth use doubles across Melbourne: report,” Sydney Morning Herald, May 14, 2013.


There are around 2,200 online gambling websites that illegally provide gambling services to customers in Australia, according to government officials.

The customers betting at these website lose an estimated $1.04 Billion (1 Billion Australian Dollars) in illegal internet gambling activities.

Source:  Asher Moses, “Online apps take bite of illegal betting,” Age, April 1, 2013.

A survey of drug users in Australia found that 60 percent of cocaine users in the country had above-average income, with 25 percent earning over $103,000 (100,000 Australian).

The price of cocaine in Australia was reported to be $310 (300 AUS), with “luxury” cocaine being sold for $415 to $466 (400 to 450 AUS). The luxury cocaine is sold with the promise of having a higher quality, and most of the users who purchased the more expensive cocaine stated that it was worth it.

(How much does cocaine cost?)

Source:  Kate Hagan, “Paying through the nose for cocaine,” The Age, March 19, 2013.

In 2011 and 2012, Australian Customs Officials seized over 700 packages of counterfeit drugs. The number seized during each of the two years is significantly higher than the 262 packages of fake drugs seized by Customs in 2009-2010.

The fake drugs consisted of counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills and pills to assist with weight loss and tanning.

Source: Nick Taylor, “Australia reports jump in fake drug cases,” March 18, 2013.

There were 705 opioid deaths in Australia in 2010, nearly doubled the 360 deaths in 2007.

In 2008, there were 500 people in Australia between the ages of 15 to 54 who died from accidentally overdosing of prescription painkillers.

Source:  Mellissa Davey, “Death toll rises as prescription drug abuse grows,” Age, March 17, 2013.

The Australian Crime Commission reported that up to 54 percent of all drug labs discovered in Australia between 2001 to 2011 were located in the state of Queensland. Most of the clandestine labs were found in residential areas.

In 2012, security officials seized nearly 25 kilograms of precursor chemicals from entering the country and its way to drug labs.

Source:  Marissa Calligeros, “Wasted Lives: the lucrative, illicit trade,” Brisbane Times, March 10, 2013.

A kilogram of cocaine that is produced in South America costs between $1,000 to $2,000. It is then smuggled across the Pacific Ocean to Bali, Indonesia, where it is sold to drug traffickers at a price between $20,000 to $90,000.

The cocaine is then sold to Australia for it is sold for $250,000.

(See more cocaine prices by country.)

Source:  Kathryn Bonella, “The darker side of Bali: Drugs, mules and tourism,” CNN, February 25, 2013.

According to a news article, the price of a fake Australian Passport on the Internet is $806 (600 Euros). For an extra $268 (200 Euros), the website will include fake ID cards and fake driver licenses.

A fake diploma from a university in Australia can be bought online for $249.

(Fake Diploma Information and Costs.)

Source:  Asher Moses, “Identities for sale: fake documentation on the rise,” Sydney Morning Herald, January 26, 2013.