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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.

CANCELLATION of 2020 Professional Development Seminar and 22nd Annual Excellence in Policing Awards

Due to the current environment and the latest information about COVID-19 the Australasian Council of Women and Policing (ACWAP), together with the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES) regretfully wish to advise that the Professional Development Seminar “Connecting: Our People, Our Culture, Our Future”, incorporating the 22nd Annual Excellence in Policing Awards scheduled in Darwin in October this year will be cancelled.

Please join me in thanking the NTPFES Executive and planning team who have worked tirelessly to date on what would be have been a very successful event.  We greatly appreciate their time and support and acknowledge the significant amount of resources they have provided in readiness to host this year.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge this has been a challenging time for everyone and we sincerely thank you for your continued support of ACWAP.


We’d like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank you again for your previous and continued sponsorship and support of ACWAP and the Excellence in Policing Awards.

It is a privilege to partner with our sponsors to acknowledge the achievements, dedication and professionalism of all of our remarkable women and men who continue to improve law enforcement for women.

Award sponsors who have kindly already paid their sponsorship in support of this year’s Awards have the following options:

– Provide your bank account details and receive a full refund, or
– Receive a credit advice for the 2021 Awards

Please provide your preferred option to awards@acwap.com.au and we will make the necessary arrangements.

Our awards seek to honour those who display exceptional qualities as a mentor and role model.  We look forward to continuing this in 2021.

Once again thank you for your support, it is greatly appreciated.  Stay safe.

Yours sincerely,

Debbie Platz APM

Assistant Commissioner, Australian Federal Police

President, Australasian Council of Women and Policing



Meeting details:

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

Closer to the date, we will be 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:

ACWAP Nomination Form

ACWAP Nomination of Others

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 (Date TBA)

If you have any queries, please contact Anne Macdonald – Secretary ACWAP – 0428 906 354


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 (e.g. 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.)

If you are interested in applying for the Scholarship, please submit your completed application to awards@acwap.com.au

Download the Griffith University Scholarship here

Applications for the Griffith University Women in Policing Scholarship close on Friday 19 June 2020.

The successful applicant will be notified in July 2020 and will be publicly announced at the 22nd Excellence in Policing Awards in Darwin in October (date, time and location TBC) as part of the 2020 ACWAP Professional Development Seminar.  It is anticipated the successful applicant would be in attendance at the Awards Dinner to accept the scholarship.

For further information on ACWAP please go to www.ACWAP.com.au


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