AFP Across the World

International Operations incorporates Liaison Officers, Police Advisors and Missions.

International Operations consists of five regions, each with a Regional Manager. The Regional Managers are responsible for overseeing and providing strategic leadership and guidance for Senior Liaison Officers and Advisors and implementing region wide law enforcement areas of emphasis and responsibilities. The posts within each region have responsibility for a number of countries within that region.

To view AFP International posts and areas of responsibility, select a link below:

International Operations is also responsible for managing community policing in Australia’s external territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island and Jervis Bay.

Strong partnerships with other key Commonwealth agencies, state and territory police services, international organisations and the private sector remain critical to the effective delivery of the AFP's International Operations business.

Regions and areas of responsibility



Area of Responsibility
Anguilla Antigua & Barbuda Argentina
Aruba Bahamas Barbados
Bermuda Bolivia Brazil
Cayman Islands Chile Colombia
Costa Rica Cuba Curacao
Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador
Falkland Islands French Guiana Grenada
Guadeloupe Guyana Haiti
Jamaica Martinique Montserrat
Netherlands Antilles Panama Paraguay
Peru Puerto Rico South Georgia
South Sandwich Islands Sint Maartens St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia St Vincent Suriname
The Grenadines Trinidad & Tobago Turks & Caicos Islands
Uruguay Venezuela Virgin Islands

New York

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Canada United Nations Police and Security Issues  

Los Angeles

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Belize El Salvador Guatemala
Honduras Mexico Nicaragua
USA (West Coast)    


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Greenland Saint Pierre & Miquelon USA



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China Mongolia North Korea


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Maldives Sri Lanka  


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Southern China    


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Ho Chi Minh City

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Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City region    

Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Japan Macau SAR
South Korea Taiwan  


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Afghanistan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan
Pakistan Tajikistan Turkmenistan

New Delhi

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Bhutan India Nepal

Phnom Penh

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Bangladesh Laos Myanmar

Europe, Africa and the Middle East


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Iraq Israel Jordan
Palestinian Territories    


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Turkey Azerbaijan Georgia


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Algeria Armenia Cyprus
Egypt Lebanon Libya
Mauritania Morocco Syria


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Albania Belarus Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bulgaria Croatia Greece
Hungary Italy Kosovo
Macedonia Malta Moldova
Montenegro Romania Russia
San Marino Serbia Slovakia
Slovenia Ukraine Vatican City


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Bahrain Chad Djibouti
Eritrea Iran Kuwait
Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia
Somalia South Sudan Sudan
United Arab Emirates Yemen  


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Andorra Channel Islands France
Gibraltar Ireland Isle of Man
Monaco Portugal Spain
United Kingdom    


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Angola Benin Botswana
Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon
Cape Verde Central African Republic Comoros
Democratic Republic of Congo
(formerly Zaire)
Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia
Gabon Gambia Ghana
Guinea Guinea-Bissau Ivory Coast
Kenya Lesotho Liberia
Madagascar Malawi Mali
Mauritius Mayotte Mozambique
Namibia Niger Nigeria
Republic of Congo Reunion Rwanda
Sao Tome & Principe Senegal Seychelles
Sierra Leone South Africa Swaziland
Tanzania Togo Uganda
Western Sahara Zambia Zimbabwe

The Hague

Area of Responsibility
Austria Belgium Czech Republic
Denmark Estonia Faeroe Island (Denmark)
Finland Germany Iceland
Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania
Luxembourg Netherlands Norway
Poland Svalbard & Jan Mayen (Norway) Sweden

Pacific and External Territories

Port Moresby

Area of Responsibility
Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands  


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American Samoa Cook Islands Fiji
French Polynesia Kiribati New Caledonia
Nuie Samoa Tokelau
Tonga Tuvalu Wallis & Futuna

Solomon Islands

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) commenced in 2003 in a response to a request from the Solomon Islands Government, after a significant breakdown of law and order. RAMSI's initial mandate was to restore law and order and by 2004 the security situation had stabilised.

Police development efforts, delivered by RAMSI's Participating Police Force (PPF), are focused on establishing a Royal Solomon Islands Police Force that operates effectively and independently of RAMSI. The PPF is compiled of sworn and unsworn AFP members, along with members from New Zealand and other Pacific Island nations.

RAMSI will conclude on 30 June 2017 and will be replaced with a bilateral program comprising policing, law & justice and governance.


Commencing in July 2004, the Timor-Leste Police Development Program (TLPDP) is a bilateral capacity building program of assistance to the Policia Nacional de Timor-Leste through an agreement between the Government of Timor-Leste and the Government of Australia. The objectives of the TLPDP are to assist the Government of Republica Democratica de Timor-Leste to build the foundations of an effective and accountable police service. The program focuses on the provision of advice, training, infrastructure and enabling tools. The TLPDP comprises sworn AFP officers, unsworn AFP staff, civilian specialists and locally employed staff.

Pacific Police Development Program

The Pacific Police Development Program (PPDP) is an Australian Government initiative supporting a broad range of police development activities throughout the Pacific region. The program works with police in Pacific nations on improving the rule of law as a prerequisite for economic, social and political development of the region. The program operates a regional component, the Pacific Police Development Program Regional (PPDPR) as well as country specific bilateral programs in Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

The PPDPR provides a range of services bilaterally to AFP missions as well as direct in-country support to Kiribati, Niue, Tuvalu, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Palau, Cook Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. PPDPR projects are delivered under six interrelated program components: Strategic Partnerships; Leadership and Management; Learning and Development; Corporate Service Reform; Legal Frameworks; and Gender.

PPDPR promotes the safety and security of Pacific Island communities through effective operational policing under the motto 'for Pacific by Pacific'.


The Nauru Police Force Capacity Program (NPFCP) is a bilateral program that was established under a Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and Nauru in November 2004. The focus of the NPFPCP has been to develop and implement the foundations necessary for a professional, contemporary and competent policing organisation assisted by the development of governance instruments and systems, training and the provision of necessary physical resources.


The Samoa Australia Police Partnership (SAPP) commenced in 2009 and is currently a component of the Pacific Police Development Program, which is an Australian government initiative supporting a broad range of bilateral and multi-country police capacity development initiatives throughout the Pacific region. The program is focused on strengthening core policing functions, organisational leadership, management and corporate support within the Samoan Police Service.


The Tonga Police Development Program (TPDP) is a joint commitment with Australia, New Zealand and Tonga. TPDP supports the Tongan Police to achieve the goal of 'a trusted and respected policing service that works in partnership to reduce crime and build safe and secure communities.'

The AFP's contribution to the TPDP directly supports the Australian aid program's objective of helping people overcome poverty by promoting safety and security through improved operational effectiveness of Pacific police.


In 2001, the Government of Vanuatu requested assistance from the Australian government to improve the capabilities of the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF). Work commenced the following year and continued in varying capacity up until February 2011 when the Vanuatu Australia Police Project (VAPP) was formed. The VAPP is fully funded by the Government of Australia Official Development Assistance funds through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australian Aid Program and utilises the technical expertise from the AFP, in the form of Advisors. The VAPP continues its support for law enforcement capacity building initiatives, focusing on the recruit training and professionalism of the VPF, infrastructure, workforce renewal and improvement to internal governance.

Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea-Australia Policing Partnership commenced in 2008. At that time, the AFP deployed 17 officers to Port Moresby, working within Bomana Police College, Internal Affairs Directorate, Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate and the Office of Reform.

In 2013, the AFP expanded the Mission following the agreement between Prime Ministers Rudd and O'Neill. That agreement included a small group of AFP officers to Lae.

The Agreement between Papua New Guinea and Australia highlights the requirement for highly visible policing activities. AFP officers work at local police stations in Port Moresby and Lae and undertake a range of duties in support of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, principally front office enquiries, custody management and station management.


United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is one of the longest running UN Peacekeeping missions. It was established in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on the island.

Since a de facto ceasefire in August 1974, UNFICYP has supervised the ceasefire lines; provided humanitarian assistance and maintained a buffer zone. The ceasefire lines extend over 180 kilometres across the island.

The AFP is in the process of withdrawing its members from UNFICYP with the AFP contribution to cease by June 2017.

External Territories

AFP International Operations is responsible for the delivery of community policing services to the Jervis Bay Territory and the Australian External Territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Norfolk Island. AFP members at these locations perform a variety of policing and related functions including Australian customs; border protection and immigration functions; responsibilities for land and maritime search and rescue operations and coordination and community policing.

For more information on Australia’s External Territories please refer to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Pacific Transnational Crime Network

The Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTCN) was established by the AFP in 2002 to provide a proactive, tactical, transnational criminal intelligence network for Pacific law enforcement agencies.

The PTCN consists of 24 locally staffed Transnational Crime Units (TCUs) in 16 Pacific Island countries including Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Nauru, Tuvalu, American Samoa and the Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre (PTCCC) in Apia, Samoa.

South East Asia


Area of Responsibility
Bali Region of Indonesia including West Timor and West Papua    


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Kuala Lumpur

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Brunei Singapore  

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