Assistant Commissioner Hilda Sirec began with the AFP in 2001, assigned to ACT Policing after recruit training at the AFP College. Career diversity was the main reason she joined the AFP.
During her 22-year career she has worked in dedicated roles within ACT Policing, International Operations, Counter Terrorism, ACCCE, Child Protection and Human Trafficking. These have included working in general duties policing, adult and child sexual assault teams, in the Office of the Chief Police Officer, and the City Beats Team. She also served in the people smuggling and counter-terrorism areas, and held a pivotal role in the AFP's assistance following the downing of Flight MH17 in the Ukraine.
As the daughter of proud migrant parents from Slovenia, Hilda grew up speaking Slovenian and learning English with her mother. Hilda’s cultural background has given her a passion for travel and the AFP has literally taken her all over the world.
In 2019 she was awarded the Australian Police Medal in recognition of their meritorious service and commitment to the Australian community in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.