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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (1 May) . . Page.. 709..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

in typical apolitical fashion worked briefly for the Labor Government in the offices of Michael Lavarch and Duncan Kerr and soon after for the new Liberal Attorney General, Daryl Williams. As portfolio changes were made, Audrey then worked for the Minister for Justice and Customs at the time, Senator Amanda Vanstone.

On the 22 of January 1999, Audrey received the National Medal for her service and on 5 October the same year Audrey entered the Senior Executive Service of the AFP after being promoted to the rank of Commander and Director of Commercial Support.

During this time Audrey also held a position on the ACT Parole Board and in February 2001 Audrey was appointed as the head of the AFP Protective Security command.

During the course of the next two years Audrey acted for brief periods as both a Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the AFP. After the September 11 attacks of 2001, the Federal Government announced changes to its Counter Terrorism and Protection policies including the move of the Australian Protective Service to become an operating division of the AFP. Audrey was placed in charge of the integration project and in 2002 Audrey was again given the role of commanding the AFP's Protection Division.

In January 2004, Audrey was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and appointed Chief of Staff to the Commissioner's Office.

Audrey received the Australian Police Medal in the Australia Day's Honours in 2004 for her work in Protection, Counter Terrorism and for the successful integration of the Australian Protective Service into the AFP.

In June 2005, Audrey took up her role as the Chief Police Officer of the ACT. As Chief Police Officer Audrey was responsible to the ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services. As the first woman to hold this position Audrey brought to the role her contemporary approach to community policing and worked tirelessly with the Department of Justice and Community Safety to provide an effective policing service to the people of the ACT. Tributes have flowed to the AFP from many community service groups and members of the Canberra community acknowledging Audrey's personal contributions.

In every sense of the word, Audrey was a high achiever and an accomplished police officer, with her academic achievements and additional roles enhancing her impressive career. Audrey held a Bachelor of Science, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership and had completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors' Course and was a Fellow of that institution.

Audrey was a member of the National Community Crime Prevention Advisory Group, a Member of the Australian Human Resource Institute, a Board member and member of the Strategic Directions Committee of the Australian Crime Commission as well as being a member of the Crimtrac Board.

Audrey was a former Chair of the Commonwealth Women in Law Enforcement Strategy. She became a role model and mentor to women in law enforcement both in Australia and more widely in our region.


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