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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.

NSW Police drug referrals

New South Wales

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 201920 increase rose dramatically:

  • 20172018 – 29
  • 20182019 – 33
  • 20192020 – 98

Some are fairly straightforward matters being investigated by the NSW Police Area Commands (PACs) however some are larger and are referred by State Crime Command. The smaller matters involve single accused importing or attempting to possess border controlled drugs contained in parcels sent by mail. However some referrals have involved multiple coaccused and many have related to very large drug seizures.

Key challenges for investigators and prosecutors come from State/federal differences:

  • Commonwealth search warrants and controlled operations certificates are obtained under the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth), whereas NSW search warrants are under Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 (NSW) and their controlled operations are under Law Enforcement (Controlled Operations) Act 1997 (NSW).
  • Difference in charging with state drug offences charged on the basis of the gross drug weights and Commonwealth drug offences charged on the amount of pure drugs requiring a higher degree of sampling and analysis.

NSW Police matters referred to this Office will often involve some state offending in addition the Commonwealth charge for importing border controlled drug, such as offences of drug possession or supply offences and sometimes firearms offences. These state offences are different to the offences we usually prosecute.

This has provided us with an excellent opportunity to build on our existing relationships with the NSW Police through early consultation in matters (provision of prebrief advice, often urgent), consultation in relation to the development of Standard Operating Procedures for the testing of drugs (purity) and development of training for their investigators and highlighting our Partner Agency Portal which contains legal resources to assist the NSW Police investigators.

There has been genuine discussion and feedback from both sides to improve their investigation strategies and brief preparation as well as our delivery of prosecution services.

An example of a matter referred by the NSW Police is that of Mr Yuhui Li who was convicted after trial for importing a commercial quantity of border controlled precursor involving just over 210kgs of pure ephedrine. Mr Li had rented two storage units in a false name. A consignment containing 50 boxes with 40 smaller boxes within them was delivered from China. Each smaller box contained 30 highlighters. The Australian Border Force examined the boxes and found that the 21,000 highlighters contained ephedrine. NSW Police arranged the delivery of the highlighters to the storage unit. Mr Li then entered the storage unit and was observed to try and open the highlighters. Shortly after he was arrested. The matter went to trial in August 2019 and he was sentenced in December 2019 to nine years’ imprisonment, nonparole period of six years.