On 28 November 2019, the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety announced it had resolved to undertake an evaluation of the ACT Policing as part of its general powers of inquiry into the matters referred to it by the Assembly at the commencement of the 9th Assembly in 2017.
The Committee plans to look at a range of factors relating to the administration of ACT Policing, particularly as ACT Policing is provided for as a service contracted by way of an agreement which has been in effect since ACT self-government in 1989.
The agreement for ACT Policing is in the form of a policing agreement which currently is between the Commonwealth and the ACT and provides for policing services to be conducted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
Those interested in this matter should refer to the information and links on the ACT Government Guide to Policing arrangements at:
The terms of reference for this inquiry are on the Committee website at:
Make a Submission
The Committee invites submissions from interested individuals and organisations to this inquiry.
Written submissions should be lodged with the Committee Secretary by close of business on Friday 7 February 2020.
For information about how to make a submission, please see the ‘Getting involved’ page on the Assembly website.
Please note that submissions are generally published on the Committee website and are affected by parliamentary privilege. For more information about this, please read the Guide to Making a Submission.
The Committee prefers all submissions to be lodged in electronic form (Word format), although handwritten submissions are acceptable. All submissions, including those sent electronically, must include a name, an email address, a postal address and a telephone contact number. Personal contact details will not be published.
Submissions should be forwarded to:
The Committee plans to report on the results of its evaluation by the end of August 2020.
For more information, please contact the Committee Secretary, Andrew Snedden at LACommitteeJCS@parliament.act.gov.au or 02 6205 0199.
Terms of Reference
Having regard to the unique collaborative arrangement for policing in the ACT that currently operates in the ACT, and the importance of strong and recognised relations between ACT Policing and the Canberra community, the Committee resolves to conduct an inquiry and review of all current arrangements and practices, including the following:
The terms and history of the current arrangements dated June 2017 (the 2017 policing arrangement) between the Minister of Justice (Commonwealth) and the ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
The Committee is to report on the reference by the last sitting day in August 2020.
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