How more women will be recruited into Australia’s Federal Police as just 22 per cent of females make up the workforce
- Latest numbers say women comprise 22 per cent of sworn AFP officers
- That is a 2 per cent increase on 2016, but the goal is 30 per cent by 2028
- Increase in female representation ‘good for our entire society’ government says
The Australian Federal Police will recruit hundreds of women under a new strategy to boost the number of female officers to 30 per cent within seven years.
Women comprise 22 per cent of sworn AFP officers – a two per cent increase since 2016 – including police and protective service officers.
AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw identified boosting female workforce participation as a key priority when he was appointed in 2019.
Women currently make up 22 per cent of the Australian Federal Police but a new recruitment drive is the beginning of a push to raise that to 30 per cent by 2028
Having more women in law enforcement is ‘good for our entire society’, said Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews
‘Diversity makes the AFP stronger and more successful,’ Mr Kershaw said on Friday.
‘Different perspectives, different cultures and lived experiences are integral to a modern police agency.
‘The AFP already has a number of senior, experienced women within the organisation and incredible women coming through the ranks, but we want and need to do better.’
He also wants to recruit more people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous Australians.
‘The benefit of diversity challenges the status quo, it helps with problem solving, especially during investigations,’ Mr Kershaw said.
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews endorsed the new AFP gender target.
‘Increased female representation in law enforcement and national security roles is not only good for women, it’s good for our entire society,’ she said.