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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.

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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.

Talaiha Inia was today sentenced to two years and nine months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to lodging false Medicare benefit claims valued at $224,986.80.

Drug Possession

Drug possession generally applies where a person has physical custody or control over the drug or has the drugs in a place that gives them the right, power or ability to take them into their custody.

For example, a person would be in possession of drugs if they:

  • received or obtain possession of the drugs
  • have some degree of control over the disposition of the drugs, whether or not the drugs are within that person’s custody
  • have sole or joint possession of the drugs.

Drug possession categories

Commonwealth drug possession offences can be divided into two categories:

  • Category 1: Border controlled drugs or plants that have been unlawfully imported or are reasonably suspected of having been unlawfully imported, and
  • Category 2: ‘Simple’/domestic possession offences with no link to importation. These include possessing controlled drugs or precursors together with offences relating to the possession of equipment and instructions for commercial cultivation of plants or the commercial manufacture of drugs.

The ‘simple’ or ‘base’ possession offence in section 308.1 of the Criminal Code is also available as an alternative verdict to a number of other offences.

When imported drugs or precursors are detected at the border the illicit substance is often substituted substituted with an inert substance. An offender who subsequently takes delivery of the inert substance is likely to face a charge of attempting to possess the illicit substance. Penalties for the offence of ‘attempt’ are the same as for the completed offence.

Key legislation

Main offences

  • s.307.5(1) Criminal Code—possessing commercial quantities of unlawfully imported border controlled drugs or plants
  • s.11.5 & s.307.5(1) Criminal Code—attempt to possess commercial quantity of unlawfully imported border controlled drugs or plants
  • s.307.10(1) Criminal Code—possessing border controlled drugs or plants reasonably suspected of having been unlawfully imported
  • s.308.1 Criminal Code—possessing controlled drugs
  • s.308.2 Criminal Code—possessing controlled precursors.

Penalties

The maximum penalties for possessing unlawfully imported border controlled drugs or plants are:

  • life imprisonment for possessing commercial quantities of unlawfully imported border controlled drugs or plants (s.307.5 Criminal Code)
  • 25 years’ imprisonment for possessing marketable quantities of unlawfully imported border controlled drugs or plants (s.307.6 Criminal Code)
  • 2 years’ imprisonment for possessing unlawfully imported border controlled drugs or plants (s.307.7 Criminal Code).

The maximum penalties for possessing border controlled drugs or plants reasonably suspected of having been unlawfully imported are:

  • life imprisonment for possessing commercial quantities of border controlled drugs or plants reasonably suspected of having been unlawfully imported (s.307.8 Criminal Code)
  • 25 years’ imprisonment for possessing marketable quantities of border controlled drugs or plants reasonably suspected of having been unlawfully imported (s.307.9 Criminal Code)
  • 2 years’ imprisonment for possessing border controlled drugs or plants reasonably suspected of having been unlawfully imported (s.301.10 Criminal Code).

The maximum penalty for possessing controlled drugs (s.308.1) or controlled precursors (s.308.2) is 2 years’ imprisonment.

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