Australian Government Guiding Principles for Civil-Military-Police Interaction in International Disaster and Conflict Management

19 May 2015

The Australian Government’s Guiding Principles for Civil-Military-Police Interaction in International Disaster and Conflict Management (the Guiding Principles) has been developed by the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) in collaboration with the Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), Defence (ADF), Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Attorney-General’s (AGD), Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). The Departments of Treasury and Immigration have also reviewed and contributed to the Guiding Principles.

The Guiding Principles outline five strategic principles, agreed at working and senior levels across government, to inform policy and planning for international disaster and conflict management.

The Guiding Principles does not seek to replace current multiagency or single agency documents and policies. It aims to provide common strategic imperatives to improve the effectiveness of whole-of-government collaboration in a multiagency environment. The Guiding Principles is designed to build on the unique capabilities of all stakeholders.

The agreed principles are:

• Clearly define strategic objectives and operational roles and responsibilities
• Engage proactively
• Share knowledge and understanding
• Leverage organisational diversity
• Commit to continuous improvement

The Guiding Principles is intended for policy makers and a range of stakeholders engaged in disaster and conflict response. They are designed to strengthen Australia’s whole-of-government commitment to achieving shared objectives and delivering effective and sustainable outcomes.

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