Justine Saunders

As the previous Chief Police Officer for the ACT, a career law enforcement officer of over 30 years, and a mother of two sons, Justine has a deep appreciation of the value of the services provided by Menslink to young men and boys in Canberra.

As the Chief Police Officer of the ACT, Justine ensured ACT Policing delivered on government and community expectations in terms of operational delivery, whilst also driving and implementing significant cultural and capability reforms aimed at developing a sustainable and effective policing service for the future.

Since leaving the AFP Justine Saunders has undertaken the role of Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Border Force and in June 2021 commenced in her current role as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs where she is performing the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). As the COO Justine is responsible for the full suite of corporate and assurance services to support the achievement of government outcomes including financial performance of an operating budget of over $3 billion, people and culture.

Justine holds a Master of Leadership and Management (Policing), Bachelor of Social Sciences (Policing Studies) with Distinction and Graduate Certificate in Applied Management.