The AFPVA grew out of the lessons learned from unsuccessful attempts over the years, galvanised by Facebook in 2009, culminating in a meeting in 2018. The 2018 meeting saw around 30 AFP veterans come together, in person and via video conferencing, with representatives of the AFP. It agreed that, after some 40 years of AFP activity, we had sufficient interest, goodwill and momentum to formalise our activities.
The Australian Federal Police Former Members Association Inc. (AFPFMA) was registered as an incorporated association on 13 December 2018 and we are the only organisation with an elected body representing former sworn and unsworn members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Our members have dedicated their careers to serve the Australian community and to keep it safe and secure.
The creation of the AFPFMA was not mandated or directed in its creation; former members took the initiative to get it done. Former members provided the resourcing in time and money to create the Association. These contributions are a powerful and tangible show of trust and support for how and what we are doing, and this support has now survived. The inaugural AGM held in October 2019 ratified our approach, showing the ongoing confidence and commitment to the model we are pursuing. The self-initiated nature to the AFPFMA adds to our credibility across our membership.