Australian Federal Police
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The AFP is the Australian Government's primary law enforcement agency. The role of the AFP is to enforce Commonwealth criminal law, to contribute to combating organised crime and to protect Commonwealth interests from criminal activity in Australia and overseas as a key member of the national security community. The AFP leads and contributes to many whole-of-government national security initiatives. Section 8 of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 outlines the functions of the AFP, which are: - the provision of police services in relation to the laws of the Commonwealth and the property of the Commonwealth (including Commonwealth places) and the safeguarding of Commonwealth interests - the provision of police services in relation to the Australian Capital Territory, the Jervis Bay Territory and Australia's external territories (Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Norfolk Island) - the provision of protective and custodial functions as directed by the minister - the provision of police services and police support services to assist or cooperate with an Australian or foreign law enforcement agency, intelligence or security agency, or government regulatory agency - the provision of police services and police support services to establishing, developing and monitoring peace, stability and security in foreign countries.
Type of Body
A. Non Corporate Commonwealth Entity
GFS Sector Classification
Established By / Under
Act / Regulation
Established By/Under More info
Australian Federal Police Act 1979
Annual Report Prepared and tabled?
GFS Function / Sector Reported
General Public Services;Public Order and Safety
19 October 1979
GPO Box 401, Canberra ACT 2601