AMANDA KATES

Commander, Australian Federal Police

Amanda is in her 29th year of policing with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and has a diverse range of leadership and management experience in community, national, and international policing. Amanda was promoted to Commander in 2017 and commenced as Manager Pacific, International Operations. Amanda was responsible for managing AFP members deployed internationally, including in Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Cyprus, IDG Pacific Island operations and the Australian External Territories of Christmas Island, Cocos Keeling Islands, Norfolk Island and at Jervis Bay. Amanda commenced as the State Manager for Victoria and Tasmania in September 2018.

Amanda has a background in Protection Operations and represented the AFP on inter-departmental committees and as the Capability Advisor for the Australian and New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee (ANZCTC) Dignitary Protection Capability Sub Committee.

Amanda deployed to East Timor in 2000 and Sudan in 2006 as a United Nations Civilian Police Advisor and was the Australian Contingent Commander for the tripartite arrangement in Tonga from 2012 to 2014.

As the Senior Officer on Christmas Island, (2014 - 2015) Amanda coordinated the AFPs response to developing matters of unrest within the Immigration Detention Centres and managed Community Policing activities on Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Island.

Amanda has received the following awards:

• Police Overseas Service Medal

• United Nations - East Timor Medal

• United Nations – Sudan

• National Service Medal

• National Police Service Medal

• Commissioners Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct

• Operation Pleach Medallion

• Defence Services Medal

• AFP Service Medal

Amanda has completed the International Management of Serious Crime Program and the International Senior Command Course.

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