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Results summary

This annual performance statement shows that the AFP was successful in meeting its purpose in 2019–20. We achieved excellent results against a backdrop of the commencement of a new Commissioner and the need for our involvement in responses to several natural emergencies. Overall, in 2019–20 the AFP achieved most of its performance criteria (refer to Table 3.3 Performance criteria in the 2019–20 PBS (Portfolio Additional Estimates Statement (PAES) 2019–20)). Figure 3.2 illustrates the range of performance results for a particular crime (drug importation), showing the comprehensive and diverse ways the AFP combats and reports on this work though its quantitative performance measures. Two were not met: community confidence and the prosecution acceptance rate. However, we note that there were clear improvements in the community confidence result and we just missed the target for the prosecution acceptance rate.

In the summer of 2019–2020, large parts of Australia were affected by devastating bushfires, hazardous smoke, storms and heatwaves. In early 2020, we also faced the unexpected outbreak of the COVID‑19 pandemic. AFP members were involved in supporting other services and doing non-routine work during the period.

The COVID-19 emergency posed the greatest challenges and has had the most impact to date. At the peak in mid‑April 2020, 400 AFP members worked on COVID-19 matters across Australia. During the pandemic so far, AFP members have assisted more than 65,000 Australians who were returning from overseas and going into hotel quarantine. COVID‑19 work altered as events unfolded. For example, there were peaks associated with assisting the Department of Home Affairs to manage queues for JobKeeper payments at Centrelink offices. Case study: Operation Burdei—AFP assists key partner agencies to coordinate Australian evacuation response from Wuhan, China and Case study: AFP assistance with COVID-19 response—Operation Protect give more detail on some of our COVID‑19 work.

Our response times performance criterion measure was met despite having to escort returning passengers to quarantine. For more information, see the discussion on this performance criterion on 2.6 Response to aviation incidents within priority time frames.

More generally, the COVID-19 emergency required the AFP to develop strategies to manage staff health. For example, there was a need to organise personal protective equipment for staff; our operational teams worked split shifts or remotely; and unsworn staff worked from home. Police duties, including investigations, were influenced by travel restrictions and redeployments to COVID‑19 tasks. There were changes in demand and altered criminal activity as movement of goods and people slowed. Fortunately, few AFP members contracted COVID‑19. Despite facing many new challenges in a changing and unpredictable environment, the AFP was able to maintain its usual operations during the last quarter, showing its resilience and its ability to adjust and continue to work.

Detailed results are presented starting from Results for Outcome 1: Reduced criminal and security threats to Australia’s collective societal and economic interests through cooperative policing services. Overall analysis and a Financial performance summary are also provided.

Table 3.3 Performance criteria in the 2019–20 PBS (Portfolio Additional Estimates Statement (PAES) 2019–20)

Performance criteria

Target

Result

Met

Program 1.1 Federal Policing and National Security

Community confidence

75%

69%

No

Return on investment

1

Transnational: 10.3

Assets confiscation: 1.95

Yes

Prevention case studies

Successful preventions

Successful preventions

Yes

Disruption case studies

Successful disruptions

Successful disruptions

Yes

Disruption count

206

294

Yes

Avoidable incidents

<2

0

Yes

Response case studies

Successful response

Successful response

Yes

Response times

Priority 1

Priority 2

Priority 3

Priority 4

90%

90%

95%

95%

91%

91%

99%

100%

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Enforcement case studies

Successful enforcement

Successful enforcement

Yes

Prosecution acceptance rate

95%

94%

No

Program 1.2 International Police Assistance

Mission/external territories performance evaluation

Evaluations complete and recommendations addressed

Completed

Yes

Return on investment

1

International: 46

Yes

Prevention case studies

Successful preventions

Successful preventions

Yes

Disruption case studies

Successful disruptions

Successful disruptions

Yes

The PAES updated the performance suite to ensure that the PBS aligned with the Corporate Plan.

Figure 3.2 Measuring maximum impact on the criminal environment — drugs/precursors 2019–20 A diagram showing a world map with AFP international networks and international operations offshore. Onshore there are drug seizures and assets confiscation.