by Amy Farrugia
Q. What is an outlaw motorcycle club?
Not to be confused with mere bike enthusiast clubs who meet to ride and socialise, outlaw motorcycle gangs or OMCG’s are responsible for much of our nation’s organised crime. OMCGs are tied up in illicit commodity markets, particularly in the drug trade, and often perpetrate high impact violence, including the use of firearms and arson.
Q. Are OMCG’s prevalent in Australia?
According to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website, there are 39 ‘one percent’ OMCGs operating in Australia, with more than 4,760 patched members, 955 prospects and 4,585 associates. Around 44 of Australia’s bikie gangs have been outlawed
Q. What does ‘one percenters’ mean?
Some OMCGs will refer to themselves as ‘the 1%’. This is in reference to their belief that, unlike the rest of society, they are free to operate outside the law.
The following is a list of Australian outlaw motorcycle clubs –