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Director (Chief Executive)

Michael Phelan APM

Mike Phelan

Michael Phelan is the Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology. Mr Phelan commenced as Director on 13 November 2017, following his appointment as Deputy Commissioner for National Security with the Australian Federal Police.

Mr Phelan has had an extensive career in law enforcement, beginning in 1985 when he was first appointed to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Throughout his career, he has worked in a variety of fields, including community policing, narcotics and serious fraud.

In 1998, Mr Phelan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the AFP Association for two years and in 2000, took up a position as the AFP’s Senior Liaison Officer in Manila, Philippines. On his return in 2002, he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in the AFP’s Brisbane Office.

Mr Phelan was appointed Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre in 2004, and was promoted to Assistant Commissioner later that year, undertaking the role of National Manager Border and International Network.

In September 2007, Mr Phelan was appointed as the Chief Police Officer for the Australian Capital Territory. In2010, he was promoted to Deputy Commissioner, taking up the role of Deputy Commissioner Close Operations Support, where he oversaw the portfolios of High Tech Crime, Forensics and Intelligence.

In July 2013, Mr Phelan commenced as Deputy Commissioner Operations where he was responsible for the Crime Operations and Serious and Organised Crime portfolios, including the AFP’s overseas network of agents.

In November 2014, Mr Phelan commenced the role of Deputy Commissioner National Security where he was responsible for Counter-Terrorism Operations and Protection Operations.

Mr Phelan is currently a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs (ANACAD), and has previously held positions on the Boards of the Australian Crime Commission, Crimtrac and the Australian and New Zealand Police Advisory Agency. Mr Phelan also served as a member of the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council.

In 2008, Mr Phelan was awarded the Australian Police Medal.

He also holds a Degree in Commerce and an Honours Degree in Law.