Corporate Plan 2015-2019

Risk Oversight and Management

The AFP has a governance and accountability function that supports the organisation’s operations by providing financial management and governance frameworks, risk management, human resources and professional development, and management of external accountability obligations.

An integral part of AFP business is risk management. The AFP has a Risk Management Framework that aligns with the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy to support compliance with section 16 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

The components of the AFP risk management framework provide the foundations to establish and maintain risk oversight, management and internal control. Internal risk arrangements include risk management policy, procedures, templates, responsibilities, culture, training and awareness.

Our approach includes robust governance and procedures, strategic oversight, internal business area risk assessments and treatment planning, and external operating environment analysis across the AFP’s key strategic enterprise risk categories:

  • safety and wellbeing of our people
  • operational outcomes
  • workforce planning and management
  • support capability
  • reputation
  • business continuity
  • legal.

The management of our key enterprise risks actively features throughout our leadership, internal resource allocation, capability development and strategic investment into the future. In doing so, we continually scan our external and internal operating environments to assess and manage the key risks to the achievement of our objectives.

Oversight of our Professional Standards

As a law enforcement agency the AFP must be transparent in its activities and have professional standards above reproach. To ensure this, we have defined a set of core values and a code of conduct to which all AFP employees must adhere. As part of our professional standards framework we have a comprehensive complaint management process and mandatory drug-testing programme.

Several external arrangements provide further oversight and ensure accountability through the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement, the independent National Security Legislation Monitor and the new public interest disclosure scheme.

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