Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Portrait of Mr Michael Phelan APM

Mr Michael Phelan APM

Michael Phelan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. Mr Phelan commenced as CEO on 13 November 2017.

Before joining our agency as CEO on 13 November 2017, Mr Phelan was the Deputy Commissioner for National Security with the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Mr Phelan's extensive career in law enforcement began in 1985 when he was first appointed to the 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 CEO of the AFP Association for two years, and in 2000 he 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, in 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. In 2010, 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 moved into the role of Deputy Commissioner National Security where he was responsible for Counter-Terrorism Operations and Protection Operations.

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

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

He holds a Degree in Commerce, an Honours Degree in Law and a Masters in Business Administration from Melbourne Business School.