Inquiry in the form of an evaluation of current ACT Policing arrangements

Inquiry in the form of an evaluation of current ACT Policing arrangements

Invitation to make a submission

Evaluation of Current ACT Policing Arrangements

Submissions due 7 February 2020

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 Personal contact details will not be published.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 Secretary, Standing Committee on Justice and community Safety, Legislative Assembly for the ACT, GPO Box 1020, CANBERRA ACT 2601
  • Email:

The Committee plans to report on the results of its evaluation by the end of August 2020.

Further Information

For more information, please contact the Committee Secretary, Andrew Snedden at or 02 6205 0199.

Terms of Reference

Evaluation of Current ACT Policing Arrangements

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 reasons and rationale for the current model and operational business plans for ACT Policing.
  • The adequacy and reliability of the Purchase Agreement between ACT Government and the Commonwealth Government.
  • The scope and detail of current and future proposed services, obligations and support, from both the Commonwealth and the ACT which provide for the implementation and operations of ACT Policing.
  • The opportunities provided for the provision of policing services to the ACT under the benefits for both jurisdictions—including:
    • The opportunities provided under the 2017 policing arrangement for the AFP workforce to access community policing training and experience;
    • The access to current policing services provided under the 2017 policing arrangement, including the degree of independence in provision and implementation of police services in the ACT.
    • The resources and infrastructure, including training, selection, organisation, community involvement and factors relevant to provision and growth of policing services which are governed by the 2017 policing arrangement available to an independent ACT police service; and
    • The current accountability mechanisms established and utilised under the 2017 policing arrangement, including:
      • applicable current reporting requirements on exercise of ministerial control and direction;
      • the Australian Government’s current governance arrangements for the AFP;
      • scrutiny and report of ACT Policing by the ACT Ombudsman;
      • audit of ACT Policing by the ACT and Australian Auditors-General; and
      • oversight of ACT Policing and AFP by the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.
  • Any specific matters which may require extension of the terms of the 2017 policing agreement or other Commonwealth Legislative Instruments. and, potentially, effect better policing outcomes by a greater focus on service delivery.
  • Other matters which are relevant to this inquiry.

The Committee is to report on the reference by the last sitting day in August 2020.

Terms of reference PDF (95.6 KB)

01. ACT Government – Minister for Police and Emergency Services PDF (572.3 KB)
02. Australian Federal Police PDF (3.2 MB)
03. Australian Federal Police Association PDF (550.5 KB)
04. Belconnen Community Council PDF (202.3 KB)
05. ACT Ombudsman PDF (657.3 KB)
06. Weston Creek Community Council PDF (186.4 KB)
07. Advocacy for Inclusion PDF (452.1 KB)
08. Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorder PDF (77.6 KB)
09. ACT Human Rights Commission PDF (724.3 KB)
10. Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity PDF (810.0 KB)
11. Gary Humphries AO PDF (148.3 KB)
12. ACTCOSS PDF (186.3 KB)

Go to current public hearings schedule

View committee hearings transcripts

Public hearings:

16 June 2020, 3:00pm - 4:45pm

23 June 2020, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

30 June 2020, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

04 August 2020 4:00pm -5:30pm

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.