Victims of the downing of flight MH17 will get justice with the Netherlands taking over the prosecution of suspects, the Turnbull government says.
Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders on Wednesday announced suspects in the July 2014 incident would be prosecuted in the Netherlands, though none have so far been named.
The criminal investigation is still ongoing and it's unknown when the trial will start.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said the government had full confidence in the "quality, impartiality and integrity" of the Dutch legal system.
"While we cannot take away the grief of those who lost their loved ones because of this atrocious act, we are committed to holding the perpetrators to account and achieving justice for all the victims," they said in a statement.
They've urged other states to join in the pursuit of justice and cooperate fully with efforts to achieve accountability.
"The joint investigation team's decision to support a Dutch national prosecution will ensure that results from the investigation are taken into account and that justice for the victims and their families, including the 38 people who called Australia home, is delivered."
Australia is one of five members of the MH17 Joint Investigation Team investigating the disaster, along with the Netherlands, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine.
The decision follows attempts, blocked by Russia in 2015, to set up an international court over the incident which killed all 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight, including 38 Australians and 196 Dutch.
Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.
So far the investigations by the JIT and the Dutch Safety Board determined that the plane was shot down by a Russian BUK missile system fired from a field controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
Investigators last year said they had pinpointed 100 people they want to speak to who are believed to have been involved in transporting the BUK missile launcher or its use.
The Russian government could refuse to extradite any of its citizens for eventual questioning or prosecution.
The Russian military has said data from radar in southern Russia showed the missile that downed the MH17 did not originate in rebel-controlled territory.