Andrew Colvin

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Andrew Colvin

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Andrew Colvin in October 2014
Alma materJohn F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Notable work
Police career
CommissionerAustralian Federal Police
Service years1990–2019
Other workNational Bushfire Recovery Agency

Andrew Colvin APM, OAM is an Australian police officer who was the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police from September 2014[1] to September 2019.[2] On 5 January 2020, Colvin was appointed to lead the newly-established National Bushfire Recovery Agency.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

From July 2009 and May 2010 he studied for and received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.[5][6]


Colvin joined the Australian Federal Police in 1990 and has worked in policing narcotics, money laundering, politically motivated crime, illegal pornography and terrorism financing.[7] He oversaw Australia's policing response to the 2002 Bali bombings, for which he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)[5] in 2003,[1] and the Australian Embassy bombings in Jakarta.[7]

In 2008 Colvin was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM).[5][6]

He replaced Commissioner Tony Negus as head of the AFP in September 2014[8][9] and did not seek a contract extension and stepped down from the role in September 2019.[2]

Career chronology[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Andrew Colvin is married with two children.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b c Hudson, Phillip (1 October 2014). "Andrew Colvin appointed new commissioner of Australian Federal Police". THE AUSTRALIAN. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Karp, Paul (15 July 2019). "Australian federal police boss Andrew Colvin stands down from job". Guardian Australia. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Bushfire recovery agency established as Scott Morrison brushes off criticism". SBS News. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  4. ^ Beech, Alexandra; Dalzell, Stephanie; Snape, Jack (6 January 2020). "Bushfire recovery costs start at $2 billion but Government assistance can't pay the bills". ABC News Online. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Commissioner Andrew Colvin APM OAM - Board Member". NATIONAL SECURITY COLLEGE. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin APM OAM - Deputy Commissioner Operations". 2011 ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND COUNTER-TERRORISM FINANCING CONFERENCE. Archived from the original on 27 February 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Koziol, Michael (18 September 2014). "Who is Andrew Colvin?". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b Gorrey, Megan (18 September 2014). "Andrew Colvin steps in to acting role as AFP commissioner". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  9. ^ AFP Media Release Archived March 6, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
Police appointments
Preceded by
Tony Negus
Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police
2014 – 2019
Succeeded by
Reece Kershaw