AUSTRAC helps improve the reporting behaviour of pubs and clubs
AUSTRAC, Australia’s financial intelligence agency, is pleased to announce a recent improvement in the reporting behaviour of the pubs and clubs sector, as a result of the agency’s national awareness campaign early this year.
National Manager Compliance, Angela Jamieson, said the campaign was launched in response to feedback from industry stakeholders who required more information on how to protect their businesses from money laundering.
“AUSTRAC recognises that most reporting entities work hard to meet their compliance obligations. We work collaboratively with industry to ensure they understand these obligations,” said Ms Jamieson.
The national awareness campaign has so far helped more than 3,500 pubs and clubs, as well as industry associations, detect the common signs of suspicious customer behaviour that put their businesses at risk of a range of financial crimes.
“We are excited by the impact the campaign has had on our work in identifying and disrupting the exploitation of Australia’s financial system”, she said.
The national awareness campaign has contributed to an average monthly increase of 42 per cent in the number of suspicious matter reports submitted by pubs and clubs across Australia.
“We will continue to work with industry to target businesses that are highly likely to be under-reporting or not reporting suspicious customer behaviour, to ensure we can improve the sector’s reporting even more.
“AUSTRAC needs to be equipped with strong intelligence to share with our partners in the public and private sectors in our fight against organised crime and terrorism”, said Ms Jamieson.
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