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The Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth) Raelene Sharp KC confirmed that on 1 June 2024, Warren Day will join the CDPP on secondment for 6 months, as the Director’s Executive Officer. 

On 5 March 2024, CDPP staff acknowledged the 40 year anniversary of the Office being established.

The CDPP’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2024-26 is now available.

The CDPP has launched a range of branded cultural elements which were designed by

Federal Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP, today announced the appointment of Ms Raelene Sharp KC as the next Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
The CDPP 2022-23 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on 18 October 2023.

The CDPP’s Corporate Plan 2023–27 is now available.

The 2021-22 CDPP Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on Friday 28 October 20

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

Case Reports

2024

Location:
Western Australia
Serious Financial and Corporate Crime
On 1 December 2023, Mr Peter Landau of Claremont Western Australia, a former company director of ASX-listed companies Continental Coal Limited (Continental Coal) and Citation Resources Limited (Citation), was convicted of 8 counts of stealing and other dishonesty offences contrary to both Commonwealth and Western Australian state law.

2023

Location:
New South Wales
Serious Financial and Corporate Crime
On 11 July 2023, following a 6-week trial in the Supreme Court of NSW, Mr Jonatan Kelu and Mr Cedric Millner were each found guilty of 2 counts of conspiring to dishonestly cause a loss to the Commonwealth, for their role in committing gold bullion fraud over a 2-year period. In total they defrauded the Commonwealth of $40,911,685. The CDPP successfully prosecuted the matter and on 11 July 2023, Mr Kelu and Mr Milner were each convicted of an offence contrary to s135.4(3) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). On 15 December 2023 they were sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 4 years and 6 months.
Location:
Australia
Serious Financial and Corporate Crime
Corporate offenders found to be engaged in foreign bribery are likely to face higher penalties after the High Court unanimously upheld an appeal in its August 2023 decision in The King v Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd. The decision is a win for the CDPP which presented arguments before the High Court. The appeal focused on the Court’s interpretation of s70.2(5)(b) of the Criminal Code (Cth) and held that the maximum penalty must be set with reference to the gross value of the benefit obtained from the offending, as opposed to the net value after the expense of the offending was offset. The ruling is also likely to affect calculating penalties under s70.2(5) of the Criminal Code in a range of cases pursuant to the Corporations Act and the Competition and Consumer Act, including cartel conduct, misleading or deceptive conduct, market manipulation and insider trading.
Location:
Victoria
Serious Financial and Corporate Crime
Linden Phillips submitted fraudulent GST claims, was audited, investigated, charged and pleaded guilty to two charges of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage from the Commonwealth contrary to s134.2(1) of the Criminal Code, one charge of attempting to dishonestly obtain a financial advantage from the Commonwealth contrary to sections 11.1 and 134.2(1) of the Criminal Code and one charge of dealing in proceeds of crime worth $100,000 or more contrary to s400.4(1) of the Criminal Code.
Location:
New South Wales
Serious Financial and Corporate Crime

The story of one of Australia’s largest and most complex criminal tax fraud enterprises is almost complete after years of the conspiracies operating, blackmail by co-offenders, a subsequent AFP/ATO investigation including surveillance and finally numerous prosecutions by the CDPP.

2022

Location:
Victoria
Serious Financial and Corporate Crime
On 15 June 2022, the County Court of Victoria convicted and fined Avanteos $1.71 million for failing to update defective disclosure statements, which the Court described as a very serious failure of corporate governance.