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.

Police in Colombo, Sri Lanka broke up a human smuggling ring in the country that was smuggling people into Australia. The operators of the ring were charging people $1,500 (200,000 Sri Lanka Rupees) to be smuggled into Australia through a fishing boat.

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Source:  “Sri Lanka police arrest 113 asylum seekers trying to migrate to Australia,” Colombo Page ,May 28, 2012.

An estimated $6.1 Billion (6 Billion Australian Dollars) would be generated in tax revenue for the Government of Australia if illegal drugs were legalized, according to an opinion piece in The Australian.

From marijuana alone, the potential tax revenue for the Australian government would be $618 Million (600 Million Australian Dollars) a year.

Source:  Adam Creighton, “Taxing drug users could plug budget black holes,” Australian, Opinion, April 5, 2012.

In the Australian state of Victoria, poachers are able to sell a kilogram of abalone on the black market for up to $52 (50 Australian Dollars).

See more prices of exotic animals and wildlife for sale on the black market.

Source:  David Hurley, “Hunting abalone poachers now a top priority,” Herald Sun, March 18, 2012.


Between 2004 and the start of 2012, authorities in Australia conducted 320 investigations into human trafficking activities within the country. Out of those investigations, 187 human trafficking victims were rescued.

(Latest human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  David Weber, “AFP seeks to raise awareness of human trafficking,” ABC News (Australia), March 12, 2012.

A kilo of cocaine is reported to cost up to $250,000 (US) in Sydney, Australia. By comparison, a kilo of cocaine in the US-Mexico border town of Brownsville, Texas costs $16,000.

(Cost of cocaine per gram around the world.)

Source:  John Burnett, “Mexican Drug Cartel Targets Australia,” NPR, March 2, 2012.

The Government of South Korea estimates that there are at least 1,000 South Korean women working in the prostitution industry in Australia. Authorities believe that many of them are victims of human trafficking.

(Additional prostitution statistics.)

Source:  Nick Tabakoff, “Korea’s sex call – dob in our prostitutes,” Telegraph, February 6, 2012.

Between 2004 and the latest available figures of 2009, the number of reported firearms stolen in Australia increased by 6 percent every year. In the 2008-2009 time period, 1,570 guns were reported stolen across the country.

Of all the reported theft cases, 40 percent of gun owners were not keeping their firearms in a properly secured location.

Source:  Kathrine Danks, “A black market in stolen firearms,” Daily Telegraph, January 13, 2012.

According to a study published in The Lancet, Australia and New Zealand has the highest number of marijuana users in the world.

As much as 15 percent of the population of the two countries between the ages 15 and 64 used marijuana in 2009, the highest rate in the world. By comparison, 11 percent of North Americans and 2.5 percent of people in Asia used marijuana.

(Latest marijuana facts.)

Source: Matt Siegal, “Marijuana Use Most Rampant in Australia, Study Finds,” New York Times, January 6, 2012.

Since July 2008 until the end of 2011, authorities in Australia seized 71 boats within its waters that were conducting illegal fishing operations. 7 boats were seized in 2011.

Between July 2007 and July 2008, authorities seized 186 boats for illegal activities, with 141 boats being Indonesian-owned boats.

In 2004, around 367 illegal boats were apprehended.

(Additional data about illegal fishing boats.)

Source: Caitlin Howlett, “Fishing without borders,” ABC, “December 13, 2011.

Counterfeit currency rates are determined by part per million (PPM), which reports how many counterfeit money notes are found in circulation.

The United States has as PPM of 6.5 PPM, meaning that authorities discover 6.5 counterfeit banknotes that have been passed as real currency out of every 1 million banknotes.

Australia has a rate of 6.8 PPM, and Mexico has a rate of 83 PPM.

G-20 nations use a PPM benchmark of 50 as to whether or not the country’s currency system can be considered secure.

Source: Grant Robertson, “Funny money: How counterfeiting led to a major overhaul of Canada’s money,” Globe and Mail, December 3, 2011.