Government directions

Community policing in the ACT is delivered by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in accordance with three principal direction setting mechanisms that drive our planning frameworks. Under the Policing Arrangement, funds to deliver policing services to the ACT are provided by the ACT Government to the AFP.

Policing Arrangement

The Policing Arrangement is a contractual arrangement between the Commonwealth and the ACT Government, and sets the enabling framework by which the AFP (ACT Policing) provides policing services to the ACT. It includes:

  • appropriate policing
  • service quality
  • workforce
  • value for money
  • capacity to deliver.

View the Policing Arrangement (PDF, 1.2MB).

Purchase Agreement

The Policing Arrangement is supported by an annually negotiated Purchase Agreement between the ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the AFP Commissioner and the Chief Police Officer for the ACT.

The agreement details the outcomes, outputs, performance measures, targets and facilities to be provided and the powers and obligations of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and the Chief Police Officer for the ACT, and associated administrative arrangements. The main outcomes are:

  • Reduce crime – prevent and reduce crime and violence; enhance response to, and investigate offences; and provide effective and efficient support to the judicial process
  • Public safety – respond to calls for assistance; plans and manages major community events and public demonstrations; responds to emergencies and disasters; and improves and promotes road safety through education, innovation and targeted enforcement
  • Community and partner engagement – increase community confidence in police; supports early intervention and diversion; and works to enhance and strengthen resilience within communities.

View the Purchase Agreement (PDF, 2.4MB).

Ministerial Direction

The Policing Arrangement allows the Minister for Police and Emergency Services to provide general directions to ACT Policing (in writing) through a Ministerial Direction. The Ministerial Direction gives guidance on specific areas of focus relating to policy, priorities and goals for the provision of police services, without issuing directions on operational matters. The specific areas of focus include:

  • Transitioning to a new policing service model that sees ACT Policing evolving in line with population growth and community expectations by providing a proactive, community focused policing service, centred on the disruption and prevention of crime.
  • In support of Government’s overall efforts to reduce recidivism by 25 percent by 2025, increase early intervention and diversion strategies and continue to work with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to identify ways to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system.
  • Contribute to Canberra as a restorative city and continue to improve responses to vulnerable groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, people experiencing mental health issues, people with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and victims of crime.
  • Strengthening the ACT’s response to domestic and family violence in appropriate and culturally sensitive ways and supporting the efforts of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety.
  • Working proactively and innovatively with Government to reduce and prevent alcohol-fuelled violence, including enforcing liquor laws, maintaining a presence in night entertainment precincts and responding to alcohol related violent incidents.
  • Improving road safety, with emphasis on reducing road trauma experienced by vulnerable road users and combating anti-social and dangerous behaviours including speeding, driving while impaired or distracted.
  • Disrupting serious and organised crime, including criminal gangs, drug trafficking and supply; and economic disruption to target the proceeds of crime, in addition to working with the Government to identify and implement legislative measures to target serious and organised crime.
  • Drug harm minimisation by continuing to focus on diverting lower level drug offenders from the criminal justice process in accordance with the National Drug Strategy and the Government’s policy settings such as the ACT Drug Strategy Action Plan.
  • Countering the threat of terrorism and violent extremism by continuing to strengthen the safety of the ACT’s public places in line with national strategies and best practice; and developing a fixated threat capability to meet the Government’s obligations under the October 2017 Council of Australian Governments agreement.

View the 2019 Ministerial Direction.

ACT Policing Business Plan

The ACT Policing Business Plan demonstrates our commitment to reduce crime and maintain public safety through collaboration with the ACT Government, partner agencies and community groups.

View the ACT Policing Business Plan 2017-18 (PDF, 1MB).

To view past Ministerial Directions, Purchase Agreements and Policing Arrangements visit the Justice and Community Safety Website.