Governance and accountability

Accountability requirements

The AFP is required by the Australian Government to adhere to relevant legislation.

The AFP is required by Parliament, the Department of Finance, and its own policies to provide an annual update of a four year corporate plan, an annual budget statement (within the Portfolio Budget Statements) and report on financial and non-financial performance in an annual report. It is also required to report on major contracts, consultancies and proposed procurement activity:

Portrait of The Hon Michael Keenan
The Hon Michael
Keenan MP

Ministerial arrangements

The Australian Federal Police is a statutory authority established by Federal Parliament under the Australian Federal Police Act 1979. It is part of the Attorney-General's portfolio.

The AFP Commissioner reports to the Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, who became Minister on 18 September 2013.

Documents such as Ministerial Direction remain valid until revoked or otherwise superseded.