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The federal audit of police capabilities commenced in February 2009. It examined and reported on the capabilities of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to provide for current and future demands, looking forward up to five years, for policing and law enforcement services to the Commonwealth, including how the AFP will meet the government’s priorities.

This report entitled New Realities: National policing in the 21st century (federal audit of police capabilities) makes 110 findings and forty recommendations relating to a wide range of topics. These include:

  • the capabilities, operating arrangements and governance of the AFP,
  • AFP budgets and programs, aviation security,
  • international deployments
    and
  • law enforcement interoperability across the Commonwealth.

On 18 December 2009 the Minister for Home Affairs released the federal audit of police capabilities and outlined the government's response to the recommendations of the audit in a media release.


If you have any difficulty downloading the document on this page, please contact criminal.law@ag.gov.au.

Date Published: Friday, 18 December 2009