Home Affairs Portfolio established

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) welcomes today’s establishment of the Home Affairs Portfolio under Minister, Peter Dutton.

The Prime Minister also announced that there will be three junior Ministers under the Home Affairs portfolio: Angus Taylor will be the Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security, Alan Tudge the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, and Alex Hawke the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs.  The AFP looks forward to working with our new ministers, the new Department, and our partner agencies under Home Affairs.

The Home Affairs Portfolio will strengthen the AFP’s collaboration with our partners and other law enforcement agencies to keep Australians and Australian interests safe.  The AFP is one of five operational agencies and bodies transitioning to the new Portfolio, along with the Australian Border Force (ABF), Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC). The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) will join the Portfolio following the passage of legislation.

The Portfolio will be supported by a new Department of Home Affairs, formed by the former Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), and relevant elements of the Attorney-General’s Department (security, law enforcement policy and emergency management), the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (counter-terrorism and cyber security policy), the Department of Social Services (multicultural affairs), and the Office of Transport Security from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The new Department will focus on the development and execution of strategy, policy and coordination in addition to the programmatic functions it will undertake either in lead or support of other agencies. It will continue to deliver the full spectrum of visa and citizenship services previously undertaken by DIBP.

To reflect the new department, a new website address has been established, www.homeaffairs.gov.au  AFP email addresses will not be affected by the changes announced today.

Importantly, the operational strengths and independence of the AFP will be preserved under the new arrangements. The AFP will remain an independent statutory agency, and AFP staff will remain as direct employees of the AFP under their current terms, conditions and Enterprise Agreements. While there will be changes in Ministerial reporting lines, there will be no change to the important work the AFP does.

The AFP thanks the former Attorney-General George Brandis and the Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, for their support over the past four years. 

 

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