Women in the AFP

The AFP recognises that diversity creates a stronger and more effective organisation. All employees bring a range of experience, knowledge and insight, which is why we focus on maintaining a diverse workforce, where women are not limited in the roles they can perform.

Women in the AFP take on roles right across the organisation - in positions as diverse as frontline policing, forensics, search and rescue, training, security, community patrols, counter terrorism, national and transnational investigations, international liaison and overseas peacekeeping and capacity-building missions.

As part of its commitment to ensuring women are supported in the AFP, the AFP has established the National Women's Advisory Group and Women's Networks regionally, with a role to plan, develop and promote issues affecting women in policing.

We are also an active participant in the Commissioners' Australasian Women in Policing Advisory Committee — a peak advisory group which provides advice and develops strategies to assist Police Commissioners' efforts to maximise the contribution of women in policing organisations.

Sergeant Krissy Barrett is one of AFP's 'anything but everyday' recruitment campaign profiles and has been featured on WIN News telling her story and encouraging other women to consider a career with the AFP.

Hear from some of our women in policing:

Federal Agent Kate Buggy

Superintendent Kylie Flower

Sergeant Donna Hofmeier

Federal Agent Erica Merrin

Find out more about how to join

The AFP aims to be an employer of choice, and as such offers a wide range of career options and promotes work/life balance.

The AFP is committed to ensuring women are supported.

The National Women’s Advisory Group

The National Women’s Advisory Group (NWAG) was established in 2010. The NWAG consists of senior women’s representatives from the AFP portfolios and regional offices.

The NWAG works to influence decision-making forums to achieve outcomes that are important to women in the organisation particularly in relation to the retention and career development of Female employees in AFP and taking forward these concerns and solutions to the AFP Executive.

Recent issues that the NWAG have identified include canvassing strategies for attracting more female recruits, providing input to the enterprise bargaining negotiations; discussions on flexible working hours and leave provisions; use of force training, in particular firearms training, and awards to recognise women in policing.

The NWAG is represented on the AFP Diversity Council and sits along side other AFP Diversity Networks to influence and inform policy.

The Canberra Women's Network

The Canberra Women's Network is an inclusive network, open to all Canberra-based AFP employees and volunteers. Its aims are to support, encourage and network - benefiting members and the organisation.

The group provides support and leadership to other women in the organisation. It develops and implements strategies to meet a wide range of interests and needs. recognise women in policing.

The network represents women’s issues at the local office level and where applicable engages with AFP women’s representatives in regional offices.

The network hosts various events that assist in increasing all AFP members’ knowledge and understanding of women’s issues. These events range from formal seminars to more social activities.