Monday, 15 July 2019
Media release

Commissioner Andrew Colvin APM OAM

Commissioner Colvin advised me shortly after the election that he would not seek an extension of his contract. I thank Andrew for his inspirational leadership, diligence and hard work in protecting the community, and on behalf of all Australians, thank him for making Australia a safer place.

Andrew Colvin has impressed all of us who have worked with him with his stewardship of the AFP in responding to rapidly changing crime types, both in Australia and internationally. In particular, his leadership in responding to serious terrorism plots – such as we saw in 2017 when an explosive device was prevented from being placed on an international aircraft at Sydney Airport – have improved the security of our nation. In addition, the significant work he has completed in an effort to dismantle Commonwealth fraud, combat criminal gangs and counter child exploitation has been instrumental in countless arrests and prosecutions.

Andrew has played a significant role in responding to many of our nation's major security issues in his 30-year career in law enforcement, this has included coordinating the AFP's national and international response to terrorism events to the 2002 Bali bombings, 2003 Jakarta Marriot bombing and the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing.

The Commissioner's role is a demanding and relentless one and the success Andrew has enjoyed is a reflection of his lengthy experience as a police officer as much as his unquestionable qualities of integrity, intelligence and dedication to the men and women he leads.

The job also comes with an enormous sacrifice made by Andrews's family. I pay special tribute to Andrew's wife Natalie and family who have supported Andrew through his career and acknowledge the time spent apart necessitated by a very demanding job.

The Government has commenced the process of selecting the next Commissioner and will make an announcement in due course.