Tony Stafford was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2011 for service to international relations in the Solomon Islands, and to the community, as a Member of the Australian Federal Police.
His Commander wrote: “As part of the Regional Aid Mission, he showed a sincere desire to do whatever possible to improve the plight of the Solomon Islanders. His work ethic and commitment have been publicly recognised throughout the Asia Pacific Region with the successful investigation into the murders of Father Geve and the Anglican Missionary Brothers. This was only possible through Agent Stafford’s leadership and dedication as Coordinator of Investigations. As lead negotiator he managed the peaceful surrender of key militants of the Guadacanal Liberation Front and then negotiated the safe return of internally displaced people to the South Guadacanal Region.”
He was an outstanding ambassador and totally dedicated to the securing of a more positive future for the Nation’s people.
He was also instrumental in the establishment of an Australian Rules Football Clinic ‘Solkick’ for the youth of the Solomons. The AFL subsequently became involved in the program.