Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Serious Financial Crime Taskforce

Serious Financial Crime Taskforce

The Serious Financial Crime Taskforce (SFCT) was set up on 1 July 2015 and builds on the success of Project Wickenby. 

While Project Wickenby focused on tackling offshore tax evasion and crime, the SFCT has a broader remit to target the most serious financial crimes, including technology-enabled tax crime (cybercrime), offshore tax evasion, and illegal phoenix activity.

The SFCT brings together the knowledge, resources and experiences of federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies to identify and address serious and complex financial crimes.


The following is a snapshot of results to 30 June 2022*:

audits and reviews completed

people sentenced

$1.562 billion
in tax liabilities raised

$590 million

*results are updated quarterly

Partner agencies

The SFCT is led by the Australian Taxation Office and also includes the:

  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
  • Attorney-General's Department
  • Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre
  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution
  • Department of Home Affairs, incorporating its operational arm, the Australian Border Force.

Further information is available from the Australian Taxation Office.

Significant Cases

  • Xiao v R [2018] NSWCCA 4
  • DPP (Cth) v Pratten (No 2) [2017] NSWCCA 42
  • Conklin v R [2017] NSWCCA 275
  • Dickson v R [2017] NSWCCA 78
  • R v Issakidis [2018] NSWSC 378

About the Taskforce