JST548 Cryptocurrencies and Anti Money Laundering (8)

This subject explores the link between cryptocurrencies and money laundering by providing an introduction to the functionality of cryptocurrencies and evaluates global and domestic efforts to mitigate the criminal risks these technologies present. Drawing on case studies this subject examines the evolution of cryptocurrencies and the criminal affordances presented by these technologies. The subject also examines regulatory and industry efforts to protect the integrity of these technologies and minimize the possibility of their use to launder the proceeds of crime.


Session 3 (90)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST548. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain how cryptocurrencies function;
  • be able to identify the susceptibility of cryptocurrencies to money laundering and terrorist financing;
  • be able to evaluate domestic and international regulatory responses to cryptocurrency money laundering risks;
  • be able to evaluate industry responses to cryptocurrency money laundering risks; and
  • be able to demonstrate the communication, literacy, numeracy, research and digital skills required of a competent professional financial crime control practitioner.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What cryptocurrencies are and how they function
  • The evolution of cryptocurrencies
  • Cryptocurrencies affordances and money laundering
  • Domestic and international responses to cryptocurrencies
  • Industry responses to money laundering and terrorist financing digital currency risks.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.