Media Release – 26/2/2016

Australasian Council of Women and Policing commends Australian Federal Police in setting new gender diversity targets.


Today on radio Commissioner Andrew Colvin of the Australian Federal Police announced new targets for gender diversity and inclusion in his workplace.

The Australasian Council of Women and Policing commends Commissioner Colvin for his strength of leadership in setting these targets.

His targets include 50% of women in police leadership positions; a 50% participant rate of women in recruitment and development programs and; an interim target of 35% of females for the Australian Federal Police.  This is fantastic for our community.

Council President Debbie Platz said “Research clearly shows that men and women are capable of conducting police work effectively.  Research also shows that women bring another set of skills and strengths that can help keeping our communities safer.

Research shows women police officers may be more effective at defusing violent situations, less inclined to use deadly force and experience less opposition from male offenders.  All of this creates a safer, more effective, dynamic and innovative work place.

The commitment from the Australian Federal Police to a gender balanced recruitment process follow the examples already set by South Australia Police, Northern Territory Police and Queensland Police Service.

“We welcome any initiative from Australasia’s police services to increase opportunities for women in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field,” Council President Debbie Platz said.

Issued by the President

Australasian Council of Women and Policing


For further inquiries please contact:

President Debbie Platz – 0402 133 009

Secretary Anne Macdonald – 0428906354