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International information exchanges

Cooperation between financial intelligence units (FIUs) and anti-money laundering/counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) regulators is vital in the global fight against money laundering and terrorism financing.

AUSTRAC and its international counterparts share information about:

  • financial transactions
  • financial intelligence
  • anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism supervision
  • general anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing issues and statistics.

This information exchange benefits:

  • the work of FIUs
  • AML/CTF regulators
  • law enforcement agencies tracking the international movements of the proceeds of crime.

Terms of international exchange

Before exchanging information with a foreign FIU or regulator, AUSTRAC negotiates a written exchange instrument. Each exchange instrument provides a framework and parameters for information exchange with that particular foreign jurisdiction.

Visit programs

AUSTRAC coordinates visit programs to support:

  • international relationship building
  • information exchange.

The program for each delegation is customised.

  • The agenda can vary from half-day to one-week programs.
  • Presenters can include other business units, partner agencies and reporting entities.
  • The program can also include a Technical Forum presented by the visiting party.

The type and depth of information shared during each visit will depend on:

  • whether or not there is an exchange agreement in place
  • the nature of the exchange agreement.
Last modified: 22/10/2014 00:00