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Crime Stoppers is the nation’s most trusted information receiving service for people wanting to share what they know about unsolved crimes and suspicious activity without having to say who they are.

This is why we have received funding through an Australian Government Proceeds of Crime Act Grant to help the community put organised crime and the illicit drug trade in the spotlight.

The focus of this campaign are those linked to the illicit drug trade, who often reach a point where they become concerned for their personal safety or that of their family and look for a way out.

We don’t need to know who you are, just what you know.

Research shows drugs remain the number one crime of concern for Australians. Many families have been impacted by drugs, whether that’s losing a loved one or watching them struggle with addiction. Some have been a victim of violence, crime or experienced trauma and we are all impacted by the significant health and social costs to the community.

Crime Stoppers encourage everybody to be active in sharing what they know about the manufacture and supply of illicit drugs in Australia. The result of this community effort will disrupt the illicit drug trade, assist police and have an impact on the criminal supply chain in our country.

Contacting Crime Stoppers anonymously means the criminals will never know it was you who spoke up.

Drug busts


Convicted killer and former kingpin of Melbourne’s underworld, George Marrogi coordinated this sophisticated scheme whilst in prison, with the aid of his girlfriend, Antonietta Mannella. READ MORE…


In 2022 two men were charged after attempting to use a vintage jukebox to smuggle in 45kg of cocaine – with an estimated street worth of around $20 million. READ MORE…

Protect your family

When your partner is in the drug trade, and you don’t feel safe. They’ll never know it was you who put your child first.

Report online anonymously. 

In over your head?

If you’re in over your head in the drug trade. They’ll never know it was you who saved yourself. 

Report online anonymously.

Work should be safe

When they bring the drug trade into the workplace. They’ll never know it was you who protected your co-workers. 

Report online anonymously.



1 in 10 people have been a victim of illicit drug-related incidents.

Australia’s illicit drug trade is estimated to be worth more than $10 Billion per year.

Drugs is the highest crime of concern according to research.*

Health services

  • Family Drug Support provides a 24-hour national toll-free telephone service to help family and friends of those people experiencing harm from illicit drugs and alcohol to achieve improved health and social outcomes. 

More information can be found here.

  • The Path2Help national online directory links people to more than 10,000 locally available support and information services. The directory provides evidence-based information and is searchable by location, need, specific drug and type of services.

More information can be found here.

  • Counselling Online offers a free and confidential service that provides 24/7 support to people across Australia affected by alcohol or drug use.

Counselling Online is available here.

  • SMART Recovery aims to ensure all Australians are supported to manage problematic behaviours related to addiction, including anxiety and other mental health issues, and reduce the impact of drugs and alcohol across Australia by allowing those without access to face-to-face services to be able to access evidence-based peer support.

Treatment services online here.

  • The National Alcohol and Other Drug hotline provides free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs, including treatment services.   

Hotline: (1800 250 015)

  • The Drug Help website provides information on drugs and a number of resources for those seeking help and support for their own or someone else’s drug use.

More found here.

  • Mindframe provides resources, guidelines and support for the reporting, portrayal and communication about alcohol and other drugs. These resources ensure that appropriate language is used in the media as the evidence suggests that inaccurate or alarmist portrayal of use can lead to stigmatisation and can delay help-seeking behaviour.

Further information can be found here.

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Crime Stoppers is the nation’s most trusted option for people wanting to share what they know about unsolved crimes and suspicious activity without having to say who they are. 

Crime Stoppers in Australia was first established in 1987. Today Crime Stoppers Australia is an independent not-for-profit registered charity representing the collective eight Crime Stopper organisations operating in every state and territory. 

Crime Stoppers works hard to maintain the trust of the community. Being able to receive information from people wanting to remain anonymous and then provide that information to law enforcement makes us truly unique and best-placed to deliver this campaign.  

Crime Stoppers has successfully delivered two previous illicit drugs campaigns across the nation. The most recent campaign in 2018 significantly bolstered police holdings, with 47,277 drug-related Information reports being received. 

Drug-related contacts to Crime Stoppers continue to remain high, with some jurisdictions finding that every second contact relates to drugs in the community. 

It is up to you how much or how little you share with Crime Stoppers – and you do not have to provide your name or share any information which might identify yourself. 

There is no caller ID on call centre telephones (i.e. no phone number shown) and telephone calls are not recorded.

When providing information through our website, Crime Stoppers does not record your IP address or details of the computer you are using or your location

When someone anonymously contacts Crime Stoppers we provide that information to police on their behalf, so they do not have to get involved. 

Useful information about illicit drug trafficking can include: 

  • Any information about past or current criminal activity. 
  • Any information about suspicious or unusual activities. 
  • The personal details of those involved – such as their names, home address, work address and vehicle registrations, if you know them. 
  • Details of any property – for example, how many people live there, if they have guard dogs or there are firearms and other weapons present. 
  • Details of any vehicles. 

When you contact Crime Stoppers you don’t have to provide concrete evidence of illicit drug making or trafficking. You may have overheard something, or something just doesn’t feel quite right – so reach out and anonymously share what you know. 

What you share with us helps law enforcement to build the bigger picture: analysis shows that even the smallest piece of information can be crucial. That doesn’t mean your information will always result in an arrest. 

When you contact Crime Stoppers you are under no obligation to say who you are, make a formal statement to police or get involved in any subsequent court proceedings. 

When you contact Crime Stoppers you are assigned a confidential code number which becomes your only identity. At no time will anyone ask for your name. A reward can only collected by someone using their confidential code number. 

Contacting Crime Stoppers is easy. You can call our toll free hotline on 1800 333 000 or go to and click on your relevant state or territory to share what you know online. 

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