Welcome to ACWAP

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The Australasian Council of Women and Policing Inc is working to improve policing for women

It was established in August 1997 and is a growing group of women and men within police services, law enforcement agencies and the community who are working together to:

• improve the policing services provided to women;

                            • improve opportunities and outcomes for women within policing;

          • participate in the global network of women in policing.

We invite you to join the Australasian Council of Women and Policing.


The horrific murder of three people, including two female Officers in Belgium yesterday reminds us all of the dangers faced when policing in today’s world. ACWAP sends it deepest sympathy and prayers to the families of all involved but particularly acknowledge the tragic deaths of Soraya Belkacemi and Lucile Garcia who gave their lives protecting the community they lived and worked in. ACWAP acknowledges their sacrifice and expresses our gratitude for their service which will not be forgotten.

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The Power of Many Equals


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The Australasian Council of Women and Policing (ACWAP) and the Western Australia Police Force invite you to The Power of Many Equals’ Professional Development Seminar and 20th Annual Excellence in Policing Awards on 12 – 14 September 2018, in Perth Western Australia.

Click here to access the event website.


ACWAP will be holding its next Annual General Meeting (AGM) after the Perth “The Power of Many Equals” development seminar as per the following details:

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Crown, Perth

Grand Ballroom

Great Eastern Highway

Burswood, WA, 6100

12:30pm Friday 14 September 2018

At the AGM, the Council will call for membership nominations and elect Executive Committee members as well as general Committee members.

We are now seeking nominations of candidates for election as office-bearers of the council or as ordinary committee members. You must be a current financial and registered ACWAP member to participate in this process.

Please refer to the attached forms for further information:

Form/s need to be delivered to the secretary of the council not less than 7 days before the date fixed for the annual general meeting at which the election is to take place.

Should you wish to submit a nomination, then your nomination/s will be required to be submitted to the secretary@acwap.com.au email user group by COB Friday, 7th September 2018.

Griffith University

Griffith University – Women in Policing Scholarship

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University are offering a serving female police officer in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Nation, a $2500 scholarship to further their professional development.  The recipient may use the scholarship funds towards commencing an accredited university program, or in continuance of an accredited program already underway.  Funds may also be used to assist with expenses directly associated with the program (eg. course fees, text books).

It is a requirement that the study be relevant to policing. The recipient is asked to outline in their application how the study will benefit them in their profession and career progression within the policing context. Payment of scholarship funds will be dependent upon proof of enrolment in an accredited university program.

Female police officers are invited to submit an expression of interest of no more than two pages addressing the following, utilising the application form:

  • Title of program and name of University
  • Relevance to policing career. Clearly indicate how the course is relevant to the contemporary policing environment
  • Professional development benefits. Clearly state the relevance of these studies, for which you are applying for support, to your own individual professional development goals.  You should indicate how the completion of the studies will enhance your career trajectory.
  • Current enrolment status. (If program is underway: proof of enrolment and academic transcript.  If program has not yet been started: proof of enrolment, including proposed date of commencement.)

Please click here to download the Women in Policing Scholarship form. If you are interested in applying for the Scholarship, please submit your completed application to awards@acwap.com.au

Applications for the Griffith University Women in Policing Scholarship close on Friday 6 July 2018.

The successful applicant will be publicly announced at the 20th Excellence in Policing Awards in Perth Western Australia on 13 September 2018 as part of Professional Development Seminar “The Power of Many Equals”.  It is anticipated the successful applicant would be in attendance at the Awards Dinner to accept the scholarship.

For further information on ACWAP and the Development Seminar please go to www.ACWAP.com.au


BALANCE: Women Leaders in Public Safety

Australasian Council of Women and Policing Inc.

Expression of Interest

AIPM Scholarship

The Australasian Council of Women and Policing (ACWAP) is constantly seeking opportunities for women in law enforcement and is offering a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Police Management’s (AIPM) program titled BALANCE: Women Leaders In Public Safety. This program is designed specifically for women who are already exercising significant leadership within their organisation.

The duration of the program incorporates two residential workshops (4days/3days) linked by 3 months of workplace development support. The delivery date for the first residential is 20th to 23rd March 2018, with the second residential being 13th to 15th June 2018.  Both residentials will be facilitated in Manly NSW and you must be available to attend both dates.

ACWAP would like to offer a scholarship to a female employee of one Australasian police

jurisdiction to undertake the AIPM 2018 Balance program and is now calling for expressions of interest.

Benefits of the program

  • Strategic focus program which utilises the 70:20:10 learning framework
  • Explores experiential approaches which will directly address workplace issues
  • Enhance the skills and understanding of the behaviours necessary to be more effective as a leader in the public safety environment
  • Understanding of the specific challenges facing women in leadership in public safety organisations
  • Ability to diagnose, influence and shape solutions for addressing the contemporary environment
  • Enhanced capacity to use formal and informal means to influence and initiate change
  • Ability to recognise and negotiate the challenges of changing complex traditional Organisations

ACWAP will fund the scholarship, which includes all program and tuition costs. The scholarship also includes return economy airfares to Sydney and return transport to AIPM.

The recipient of the scholarship will be required to give an undertaking that they will attend and participate in all aspects of the program. The recipient will also be requested to provide a written paper for publishing in the Australasian Journal for Women and Policing on their experiences of this program. There is also an opportunity for the recipient to present at an ACWAP conference further representing their agency.

The EOI nomination form must be completed and forwarded to the following email address journal@acwap.com.au for consideration.

Applications must be received by the 9th February 2018.

Further information on the program is available on the Australian Institute of Police Management website.

If you have any inquiries please feel free to contact Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz, who the President ACWAP Council on 0402133009 or Debbie.Platz@afp.gov.au

To view Editions 41 and 42 of The Journal for Women and Policing please click on the images below:











ACWAP President wins IAWP Officer of the Year Award


Acting Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz has been globally recognised by receiving the prestigious International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Officer of the Year Award.

This award is awarded to female officers who, by their overall service and accomplishments throughout their career, have distinguished themselves in the four areas of leadership, community service, mentoring and excellence in performance.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Platz has a lengthy and distinguished career in the QPS and has made a significant contribution to policing.  Ms Platz is innovative, professional and an outstanding mentor to officers, especially women across Australasia.