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 Personal contact details will not be published.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: LACommitteeJCS@parliament.act.gov.au
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
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.
|01. ACT Government – Minister for Police and Emergency Services||PDF (595.0 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 (368.0 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)|
|Media release - Justice and Community Safety Committee to conduct an evaluation of ACT Policing (8 December 2019)||PDF (231.7 KB)|