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The average age of outlaw motorcycle club members ranged from 33 years to 58 years, with younger members most prevalent in larger gangs of more than 100 members

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Outlaw motorcycle gangs are “one of the most high-profile manifestations of organised crime” with 85 per cent of gang members apprehended for crime before turning 33.

A new study by the Australian Institute of Criminology examines the criminal histories of more than 5600 known outlaw motorcycle gang members from 39 gangs across Australia.

Of the 39 clubs examined, it identified 475 chapters or regional branches, while three quarters of all gangs were linked to recent organised crime offending.

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The report used national data on the criminal histories of 5,669 known outlaw motorcycle gang members.Credit:Craig Abraham

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By matching two national data sets from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACCI), the study found one in four members had been apprehended for a recent violence and intimidation offence while more than 50 per cent had a recorded history of violent offending.

The institute found 85 per cent of male gang members born in 1984 were apprehended for at least one offence by the time they turned 33. A separate study of non-member males in the community, also born in 1984, found the figure was just 33 per cent.

The average age of Australian members ranged from 33 years to 58 years, with younger members most prevalent in larger gangs of more than 100 members. One in three gangs reflected this size.

Among the most prevalent gangs in Australia are the Rebels, boasting the biggest membership, as well as the Outlaws, Hells Angels, Lone Wolf and Comancheros.

More than half of all gangs in Australia have a chapter established in more than one state or territory.

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The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) describes bikie gangs as “one of the most high-profile manifestations of organised crime, with an active presence in all Australian states and territories.”

The average gang member costs the taxpayer $1.3 million over their lifetime, based on crime and prison costs linked to offences ranging from homicide, to assault, kidnapping, drug supply and ongoing criminal enterprise.

The Institute of Criminology report highlighted that the data was in stark contrast to recent Australian studies, including a 2018 analysis on the Finks motorcycle club, which said “there was limited evidence of radical or profit motivated criminal activity.”

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Rather, the AIC’s findings were evidence “that OMCG membership has an enhancement effect, meaning that joining a gang increases members’ propensity to commit crime,” the report authors said.

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“It is evident that OMCGs attract members with a propensity for committing violent and organised crime, and facilitate further offending among their members.”

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Despite a concentration of offending within OMCGs, the study found a small proportion of members and chapters “accounted for a disproportionate amount of all crime committed” over a five-year period.”

In particular around 23 chapters, or five percent of all chapters, accounted for 33 percent of all offences and almost half of all drug supply offences.


  1. In the States we’ve always recruited them young, so we know exactly who they are. Most of the time they’re young kids (18-22) who come to the clubhouse for parties on the weekends. Using this logic you get a member who you know hasn’t been infected with bad habits and you can teach them right.

    On the other side, a lot of clubs wait and recruit members who are more seasoned riders and have a grasp on the MC world but then you set yourself up for a UC or FED to infiltrate your club. A lot of homework has got to get completed and respect and loyalty is earned slowly.



  2. OldSkewl, we may not agree on everything, but you definitely know what the hell you’re talking about. You actually can type and talk knowledgeably. Even if I disagree at times, I enjoy reading your comments and your seeing your knowledge.


  3. I don’t think Clubs are more violent today or commit more crimes. Seems like the pigs just bust you for shit now that we got away with years ago. Like getting in a bar fight, When I was in a Club in the early 80’s. You got into a fight in a Biker bar, no one called the cops. If the cops did come, usually they didn’t arrest you. You both just walked away.
    Now, if you fight a rival club and pull their colors you’re not only arrested & charged with strong armed robbery, enhanced with gang affiliation charges, but the pigs will kick your ass too. Crazy!! Joining a 1%er Club doesn’t mean you’re all of a sudden going to commit crimes, that’s absurd. Of course this is coming from Australia, which has become a communist Country. Just wearing colors there, is a crime.


  4. “I’m a lifer”. Been in this game since I was a kid, I’ll be put to rest with my wife and brothers at my side. I’ve been lucky, I was brought up proper and I’ve never once deviated from club protocol. I believe 33 is way too old to be coming into this scene or to be joining an MC. I won’t say I haven’t seen it because I’ve witnessed men in their late 50’s walk into this game but at a price, that price is “prospecting” and for some, it’s years and to me watching a grown ass man prospect is akin to watching a retired blue collar man having to work as a walmart greeter later in life.

    That’s just my perspective, some will most certainly disagree but I’d like to think that the rules, bylaws and protocol of the club are learned a few years after high school where the mind is eager and capable of learning instead of being shut off to new ideas because of age.


    Charlotte49er, thank you for the compliment. 😉

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