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Independent review of the National Cooperative Scheme on Unexplained Wealth

The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP
Media Release

Mr Andrew Cappie-Wood AO has been appointed to independently review the National Cooperative Scheme on Unexplained Wealth (the National Scheme).

The National Scheme allows participating jurisdictions to access information-gathering provisions under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and improves information sharing between the Commonwealth, states and territories in relation to unexplained wealth proceedings and organised crime investigations.

Confiscated proceeds of crime are shared equitably between Australian jurisdictions that contributed to joint investigations, encouraging further cooperation.

The review is required under the Act and will examine whether the National Scheme has facilitated greater cooperation between parties and whether legislative reforms are required.

Mr Cappie-Wood is the former Secretary of the NSW Department of Justice and has significant experience in leading, managing and providing strategic advice to government agencies.