AFP Raids On Home Affairs Department Over Au Pair Leak

The Australian Federal Police have raided the Department of Home Affairs over document leaks relating to Peter Dutton's au pairs cases.

A parliamentary inquiry in September heard the leaking of emails, which showed Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton overruled the advice of border authorities to allow a French au pair into the country, had been referred the AFP to investigate.

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The AFP confirmed to ten daily it had received a "referral" from the Department of Home Affairs on August 30 regarding an "unauthorised disclosure of information".

Alexandra Deuwel, one of the au pairs involved in the case.

"The AFP has undertaken enquiries and conducted a number of activities in relation to this investigation," it said.

"In these circumstances, it's obligatory on a secretary to make reference to the federal police, and that's occurred in this case," Home Affairs Department Secretary Michael Pezzullo told the inquiry.

The emails, which were published by The Guardian, revealed Dutton had personally intervened and granted French au pair Alexandra Deuwel a tourist visa.

This was despite the Assistant Commissioner of the Strategic Border Command Centre said his office would be “providing detail which does not support the minister intervening”.

The investigation in ongoing.