Identity crime and misuse in Australia: Results of the 2014 online survey. Research and public policy series 130
Russell G Smith, Rick Brown and Shandon Harris-Hogan
Australian Institute of Criminology
Misuse of personal information lies at the heart of identity crime and continues to affect all sectors of the Australian community. The most recent estimate of its national economic impact is $2.4b for 2014, of which $2b related to direct and indirect costs, with the remaining $350m expended in prevention and response costs by government, business and individuals (Emami & Smith 2015).
To understand the trends associated with identity crime and misuse in Australia, the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) was, in 2014, commissioned by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department to undertake a national survey of the problem for the second time.
The study is one of a series of initiatives being implemented as part of the National Identity Security Strategy, Australia's national response to enhancing identity security, which seeks to prevent identity crime and misuse, contribute to national security and facilitate the benefits of the digital economy.
Raising awareness of the risks that individuals face, and gathering sound statistical data on the problem, is an effective way in which to address the problem of misuse of personal information. This report shows how victimisation has changed and assists in identifying how resources could best be allocated to address the problem in the most cost-effective manner.
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