Our role and function
The AFP's role is to enforce Commonwealth criminal law, contribute to combating complex, transnational, serious and organised crime impacting Australia's national security and to protect Commonwealth interests from criminal activity in Australia and overseas. The AFP also has responsibility for providing policing services to the Australian Capital Territory and Australia’s territories, including Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island and Jervis Bay.
The AFP works closely with a range of other law enforcement and government agencies at state, territory, Commonwealth and international levels, enhancing safety and providing a secure regional and global environment.
For more detail, please consult our Corporate Plan.
The AFP's priorities are informed by the Ministerial Direction.
Areas of operational emphasis include:
- Investigate complex, transnational, serious and organised crime
- Protect Australians and Australian interests from terrorism and violent extremism
- Principal international representative for Australian police and law enforcement
- Develop unique capabilities and exploit advanced technology to provide utmost value to Australia’s national interest.
Continued responsibilities include:
- Community policing services under contracted arrangement, to the Australian Capital Territory and territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island and Jervis Bay.
- National protection capability to ensure the protection of specific individuals, establishments and events identified by the Australian Government as being at risk.
- National counter-terrorism first response capability focused on aviation security and protection of critical infrastructure.
To fight crime together and win.
To provide dynamic and effective law enforcement to the people of Australia.
Personal values are the key to the way we do our business. They include:
Read more about our values and culture.