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The CDPP recently received an overall satisfaction score of 86 per cent from its biennial 2022 Partner Agency Survey.

The CDPP's 2022-26 Corporate Plan is now available.

The Attorney-General of New South Wales today announced the appointment of Ms Sarah McNaughton SC as a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW. 

The CDPP’s Library and Research Services team has won the 2022 Legal Information Service of the Year award announced at the Australian Law Librarians’ Association (ALLA) conference in Hobart on Thursday 26 August.

On 7 July 2022 the Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Honourable Mark Dreyfus QC MP, announced he had declined to proceed further in the prosecution of Mr Bernard Collaery for five offences relating to the alleged unlawful communication of ASIS information contrary to the Intelligence Services

On 11 February 2022, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Ms Sarah McNaughton SC announced her decision to decline to proceed further in the criminal prosecutions of Citigroup Global Markets Australia Pty Limited, Deutsche Bank AG and four senior banking executives for cartel offences

The CDPP 2020-21 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday 20 October 2021. 

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Sarah McNaughton SC, has been extended in the role for a further two years.

The CDPP has launched a new Partner Agency Portal, giving investigators from partner agencies easy and timely access to information.
The last 12 months has tested businesses, including the CDPP, to become more agile to effectively deliver services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) is an independent prosecution service established by Parliament under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 (Cth) to prosecute alleged offences against Commonwealth law.

The Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is warning members of the community to beware of scammers claiming to be from the CDPP.
The CDPP’s Partner Agencies will soon have access to a refreshed, scalable and dynamic, secure website to support their investigative work.

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

A 24-year-old Sydney man has been jailed for nine years and four months after he posed as a teen to exploit and extort explicit images from children online.

Note: This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

A serial paedophile who abused children in Australia and Southeast Asia has today been sentenced to 35 years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 28 years.

On 7 November 2019, Richard Ham (21) and Soo Lee (24) were sentenced in the District Court of New South Wales after pleading guilty to attempting to possess a commercial quantity of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), more commonly known as ‘ecstasy’.

Today, Perth woman Alesha Stopforth (30) was sentenced in the District Court of Western Australia to 3 years imprisonment, to be released after serving 16 months upon entering into a Recognisance Order in the amount of $10,000 and to be of good behaviour for a period of 20 months, after pleading

Suzanne Akkari (25) was today sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be released forthwith on a recognisance of $500 and to be of good behaviour for 18 months, after pleading guilty to a charge of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring another in the arrangement of a marriage to obtain perman

Today*, Savas Avan (49) was sentenced in the County Court of Victoria to 3 years imprisonment, after pleading guilty to mailing packages containing asbestos to consulates and embassies in Melbourne and Canberra.

Today, Luke Borg (36) was sentenced in the County Court of Victoria after pleading guilty to a number of child sex offences.

A man from Sydney was today sentenced to a total term of imprisonment of 34 years, with a non-parole period of 29 years, for preparing and planning a terrorist attack, threatening to kill the NSW Commissioner of Corrective Services and for an attack on an inmate in custody.

Three Victorian men were today sentenced in the Supreme Court of Victoria for the offence of engaging in a terrorist act.  A jury had earlier found the men guilty of this crime by setting fire to a Shia mosque in suburban Melbourne, causing $1.5 million in damage.

The Victorian County Court has today sentenced Mohamed Osman Omar (36), to four years imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty to defrauding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) of more than $370,000, and attempting to obtain a further amount of more than $85,000.

Talaiha Inia was today sentenced to two years and nine months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to lodging false Medicare benefit claims valued at $224,986.80.

Case Reports

2020-2021

Location:
New South Wales
Organised Crime and National Security
Mr Chan Han Choi pleaded guilty to breaching sanctions imposed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).
Location:
Victoria
Organised Crime and National Security
Tony Mokbel had been charged with importing 1.9kg of cocaine into Australia. One of the barristers that represented him was Nicola Gobbo. The Court of Appeal ordered a re-trial. The CDPP discontinued the re-trial as there was no public interest in prosecuting Mr Mokbel again.
Location:
Victoria
Organised Crime and National Security
In mid 2020, Mr Ali was sentenced on charges but the Crown filed an appeal against the adequacy of this sentence. On 18 December the Court of Appeal upheld the Crown appeal.
Location:
Victoria
Organised Crime and National Security
Investigators discovered 1.4 tonnes of pure MDMA concealed in tomato tins in a shipping container in Melbourne. In November 2019 the Commonwealth Attorney-General referred the whole of Mr Visser’s case to the Court of Appeal to be heard and determined as if it were a fresh appeal. On 18 December 2020, the Court of Appeal dismissed Mr Visser’s appeal.
Location:
New South Wales
Organised Crime and National Security
Arsalan Khawaja falsified handwritten entries in a notebook indicating that another man was preparing to engage in, or assist with, a terrorist act.
Location:
Victoria
Organised Crime and National Security
Mr Phillip Galea was charged with one count of doing acts in preparation for, or planning a terrorist act and one count of attempting to collect or make a document likely to facilitate a terrorist act.
Location:
South Australia
Organised Crime and National Security
A 25 year old Adelaide woman has had her conviction on a terrorism offence reinstated following the CDPP’s successful High Court appeal against orders directing her acquittal.
Location:
Victoria
Organised Crime and National Security
Four Melbourne men (Paul Ngo, William Do, Huy Hoang and Tony Tran) have been sentenced for their roles in operating a drug syndicate in Melbourne’s western suburbs in mid 2018.
Location:
Victoria
Organised Crime and National Security
Operation Sunrise targeted a transnational syndicate involved in importing heroin to Australia and trafficking heroin in Melbourne. The investigation also uncovered trafficking of methamphetamine in Melbourne.
Location:
Victoria
Organised Crime and National Security
On 24 July 2019, the Supreme Court of Victoria sentenced Mr Ahmed Mohamed (26), Mr Abdullah Chaarani (28) and Mr Hatim Moukhaiber (31) to lengthy prison terms for engaging in a terrorist act contrary to s101.1(1) of the Criminal Code 2010 (Cth). The terrorist act involved setting fire to a Shia mosque in suburban Melbourne on 11 December 2016. The fire caused over $1.5 million in damage to the mosque, requiring its demolition.