Australian Federal Police (AFP) Launch Crackdown on Foreign Bribery by Corporates

    View Authors August 2015

    The AFP’s new Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre (FAC Centre) says it is ramping up investigations on foreign bribery, sending a clear warning that Australian companies with foreign operations need to get their house in order.

    FAC Centre Manager Commander Linda Champion recently told The Australian Financial Review that the AFP “started ramping up [their] efforts towards foreign bribery a couple of years ago and now we are starting to the see the fruit of that…we’ve got some healthy investigations under way to get some real momentum in that area”.

    The renewed push is in response to a 2012 report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which criticised Australia for bringing a single foreign bribery prosecution in 13 years, despite receiving 28 referrals over that time period.