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AFP responds to landmark gender and inclusion review

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AFP responds to landmark gender and inclusion review

22 August 2016

Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Andrew Colvin, today released a comprehensive study into diversity and inclusion within the AFP, carried out by former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick.

Conducted over six months, the study, Cultural Change: Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Australian Federal Police, was the result of extensive consultation with more than 1,000 AFP members across the breadth of the organisation.

“The AFP is a proud organisation, whose responsibilities are at the core of what the Australian community expects in terms of their safety and security,” said Commissioner Colvin.

“The report I am releasing today has many positives but it also demonstrates there are workplace practices which are unacceptable and things must change.

“I was disturbed to read the level of bullying and sexual harassment within the AFP in the workplace and at AFP events. These practices will not be tolerated and I am putting in place actions which will respond positively to all 24 recommendations in this report.”

The AFP has appointed Assistant Commissioner Ray Johnson to head up a new division within the AFP to lead the cultural reform process.

“Assistant Commissioner Johnson will report directly to me and no part of the AFP will be off limits to him and his team,’ Commissioner Colvin said.

“The cultural issues and behaviours identified in the report must change, and from this point forward they will.

“We have an organisation filled with people who are motivated, talented and proud of the work they do, but we also have our challenges achieving the cultural and diversity goals we aspire to.

“To those members, past and present, who have been subjected to behaviours and actions that are not consistent with our values, I unreservedly apologise.’

The Report’s author, Elizabeth Broderick praised the AFP leadership for undertaking the review.

“The findings in this report are not a reason for the community in any way to have reduced confidence in the AFP. Quite the contrary,” Ms Broderick said.

“In all my interactions with the AFP leadership team I have observed a strong desire to step forward in a transformative manner, not just tinkering around the edges but delivering strong and lasting impact through bold actions,” Ms Broderick said.

Commissioner Colvin and Ms Broderick thanked the many members of the AFP who had spoken openly and honestly about their experiences which helped inform the Report.

Ms Broderick will continue to work closely with the AFP to support the implementation of the organisation’s response to her Report.

Copies of Cultural Change: Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Australian Federal Police are now available on the AFP website. 1/2 /news-media/media-releases/afp-responds-landmark-gender-and-inclusion-review

Media enquiries:

AFP National Media: (02) 6131 6333

Elizabeth Broderick’s office: Brisnsley Marlay 0412 084 015