Legal and regulatory approaches to counter-terrorist financing

the case of Australia

Christopher Michaelsen , Doron Goldbarsht

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter examines Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Financing/Anti-Money Laundering (CTF/AML) measures and situates them within Australia’s broader (legislative) response to terrorism. It examines how Australian federal law criminalises the financing of terrorism and considers the key legislative changes enacted between 2002 and 2014. It then focuses on proceeds of crime legislation which plays a complementary role to the CTF/AML offences. The chapter also provides an account of the key features of Australia’s oversight and reporting mechanisms which are associated with the criminal and asset recovery regimes. It argues that Australia’s framework for criminalising the financing of terrorism is overdue for comprehensive reform.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave handbook of criminal and terrorism financing law
EditorsColin King, Clive Walker, Jimmy Gurulé
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783319644981
ISBN (Print)9783319644974
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes



  • terrorism financing
  • Australia
  • proceeds of crime
  • accountability

Cite this

Michaelsen , C., & Goldbarsht, D. (2018). Legal and regulatory approaches to counter-terrorist financing: the case of Australia. In C. King, C. Walker, & J. Gurulé (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of criminal and terrorism financing law (pp. 807-833). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.