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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

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.

Case Reports

2021-2022

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.
Location:
Queensland
Fraud and Specialist Agencies
Brett Evans was charged with 35 offences contrary to the CATSI Act in that he used his position as an employee of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation dishonestly, with the intention of directly or indirectly gaining an advantage for himself.

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:
New South Wales
Fraud and Specialist Agencies
The offender submitted five claims supported by six false documents in support of applications for Carer Payment and Carer Allowance.
Location:
New South Wales
Serious Financial and Corporate Crime
Between about 14 October 2016 and 8 October 2019, Hopkins, a financial advisor, engaged in dishonest conduct in relation to the provision of financial services to 13 clients of his financial advisory business, QWL Pty Ltd.
Location:
Western Australia
Fraud and Specialist Agencies
Ms Melvin dishonestly obtained a total of $94,633.33 in Disability Support Pension (DSP) payments from Centrelink to which she was not entitled.
Location:
Western Australia
Serious Financial and Corporate Crime
Mr Kathiravelu was undertaking capital raising for a listed company and conspired with a business associate to ensure shares on the ASX would close higher than the price to be offered under the capital raising.
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:
New South Wales
Fraud and Specialist Agencies
Zheyuan Qiu and Ut Lei Lei plead guilty to 19 and 14 offences respectively relating to the attempted exportation of Australian wildlife via the postal service.
Location:
New South Wales
Human Exploitation and Border Protection
Mr Sanjay Korat pleaded guilty to, and was sentenced for, using a carriage service for hoax threat, contrary to s474.16 of the Criminal Code (Cth).
Location:
New South Wales
Serious Financial and Corporate Crime
On 4 February 2021, Justice Wigney of the Federal Court of Australia convicted Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS (WWO) with criminal cartel conduct.
Location:
Victoria
Fraud and Specialist Agencies
Dowlat Soliman entered a plea of guilty to one charge of obtaining a financial advantage by deception. Ms Soliman appealed against her sentence. In February the Court of Appeal refused the application for leave to appeal.
Location:
New South Wales
Human Exploitation and Border Protection
Philip Blowers was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of five years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of two years and eight months for offences relating to the transmission of child abuse material.
Location:
Queensland
Fraud and Specialist Agencies
A Crown appeal against the inadequacy of a fine imposed in relation to breaches of maritime safety of a tourist-carrying vessel was successful, resulting in an increase in the fine imposed on the defendant company from $25,000 to $40,000.
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:
Queensland
Fraud and Specialist Agencies
Mr Muldoon, a qualified plumber, committed the fraud under the Commonwealth ‘Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme’, lodging forms falsely stating that he installed air source heat pumps at various residences around Queensland.
Location:
New South Wales
Human Exploitation and Border Protection
In recent years, there has been a steady increase in referrals from the NSW Police in relation to matters involving Commonwealth drug and precursor importation charges. However, in 2019‑20 increase rose dramatically.
Location:
Victoria
Serious Financial and Corporate Crime
Five people have been sentenced following a series of investigations over an eight year period by the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Taxation Office.
Location:
New South Wales
Fraud and Specialist Agencies
Three co-conspirators defrauded the Department of Education, Skills and Employment of more than $9 million through child care fraud.
Location:
New South Wales
Fraud and Specialist Agencies
Co-offenders imprisoned after being found guilty of dishonestly obtaining more than $1.5 million from the National Disability Insurance Agency.
Location:
Western Australia
Human Exploitation and Border Protection
Mr Stiehler ordered a child sex doll from China on 1 December 2019 which was intercepted by Australian Border Force (ABF).
Location:
Queensland
Serious Financial and Corporate Crime
Judge Julie Dick SC sentenced 55 year old former Townsville financial advisor, Mr Anthony Dick to eight years imprisonment with a non-parole period of two years and eight months.