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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.

Case Reports


Fraud and Specialist Agencies

Date of Judgment: 21 December 2023

Court: District Court of Queensland

Partner Agency: Services Australia

On 8 December 2020, Mr Henery Baranaba Nghath of Redbank QLD, was charged with 5 offences of defrauding the Commonwealth of $94,777.82 by fraudulently claiming disaster recovery payments. 

Fraud and Specialist Agencies
Carson Au submitted 76 false Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) claims, was investigated, charged and pleaded guilty to one charge of Obtaining a Financial Advantage by Deception contrary to s134.2(1) of the Criminal Code and one further charge of Obtaining a Financial Advantage by Deception contrary to s134.2(1) of the Criminal Code on a 16BA Schedule. On 2 February 2023, he was sentenced to of 2 years of imprisonment with 8 months to be served in custody before being released on a $5000 good behaviour bond for 2 years.


Northern Territory
Fraud and Specialist Agencies
Two men from New South Wales, who asserted themselves as ‘sovereign citizens’, failed to appear in court and the matters proceeded in their absence. They were found guilty in absentia and convicted on all 8 charges. Fines were imposed for each charge, amounting to a total fine of $8,600 for each offender.
Western Australia
Fraud and Specialist Agencies
Following Australia’s deepest ever commercial dive, DOF Subsea Australia Pty Ltd (DOF) was fined $945,000 and ordered to pay $97,597 in costs due to its failures to take reasonably practicable steps to protect the health and safety of deep sea divers engaged to work at a depth of between 237 and 270 metres.