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:

  • Strengthening 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
  • Continuing the commitment to early intervention and diversion strategies including restorative justice with a focus on vulnerable groups, in particular young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Improving road safety through particular emphasis on vulnerable road users and combating anti-social and dangerous behaviours including speeding, driving while impaired or distracted
  • Continue to focus on preventing, disrupting and responding to the evolving threat of violent extremism and terrorism with a particular focus on crowded places.

View the Ministerial Direction (PDF, 140KB).

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.