Federal security services to assist QPS during Comm Games

The Federal Government will lend a helping hand ahead of the Commonwealth Games, with Federal Police, Defence Force personnel and Border Force Officers heading to the Gold Coast.

The security for the Games has focused on our various defence and emergency organisations co-operating and this will continue with only 50 days left until the opening ceremony.

Queensland Police is still the lead agency for security but will be closely assisted by our federal teams.


More than 1000 defence personnel will be deployed on the Gold Coast, while AFP officers will work alongside QPS.

There will be boosted security at Gold Coast Airport with Border Force officers patrolling the facility during the Games.

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said there will be constant reviews of the security procedures.

“Our law enforcement and security agencies are among the best in the world and are working tirelessly with event organisers to deliver a safe and secure Games,” he said.

The Australian Defence Force will be patrolling the skies over the next few weeks to survey key areas on the Coast.

Minister for Defence Marise Payne said it’s not unusual for our military services to provide protection.

“Defence has extensive experience providing security assistance to major national events, including the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and the 2000 Sydney Olympics,” Senator Payne said.