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Identity crime and misuse in Australia: Results of the 2018 online survey

Australian Institute of Criminology Statistical Report highlights that identity crime is one of the most prevalent forms of criminal activity in Australia and can have severe and lasting consequences for victims.

This Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Statistical Report involved an online survey of almost 10,000 Australians between late December 2018 and early January 2019.  One-quarter of respondents reported having experienced misuse of their personal information at some point in their lifetime, and almost 12% had their personal information misused in the last 12 months. 

This is relatively stable when compared to the results of the 2017 online survey.  Around 30% of victims did not report the matter to a government agency or organisation, supporting the proposition that identity theft remains an under-reported crime.

The report can be access through the AIC -