Governance and accountability

Accountability requirements

The AFP is required by the Australian Government to adhere to relevant legislation.

The AFP is required by Parliament, the Department of Finance, and its own policies to provide an annual update of a four year corporate plan, an annual budget statement (within the Portfolio Budget Statements) and report on financial and non-financial performance in an annual report. It is also required to report on major contracts, consultancies and proposed procurement activity:

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The Hon Karen Andrews MP

Ministerial arrangements

The Australian Federal Police is a statutory authority established by Federal Parliament under the Australian Federal Police Act 1979. It is part of the Home Affairs portfolio.

The AFP Commissioner reports to the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, who became Minister on 30 March 2021.

Documents such as Ministerial Direction remain valid until revoked or otherwise superseded.

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Read the AFP Annual Report 2020-21

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