Structure, organisations and key people
Our vision: We are Australia's trusted global gateway
Our mission: To protect Australia's border and manage the movement of people and goods across it
Our outcomes: We contribute to achieving three national outcomes:
•strong national security
•a strong economy
•a prosperous and cohesive society
On 1 July 2015, the functions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service were integrated into a new Department. The Australian Border Force was established as the new front-line operational agency within the Department reflecting a greater focus on the border as a strategic national asset. The integrated arrangements build on recent border protection reforms and the long history of the two organisations working closely together.
The Australian Border Force brought together all existing operational border, investigations, compliance, detention (facilities and centres) and enforcement functions. Policy, regulatory and corporate support for the Australian Border Force are delivered by the Department.
We have significant service and enforcement functions, including:
•facilitating the lawful passage of people and goods
•investigations, compliance and enforcement in relation to illicit goods and immigration malpractice; and
•onshore detention, removals and support to regional processing arrangements
We consider the border not to be a purely physical barrier separating nation states, but a complex continuum stretching offshore and onshore, including the overseas, maritime, physical border and domestic dimensions of the border.
Treating the border as a continuum allows an integrated, layered approach to provide border management in depth— working ahead of and behind the border, as well as at the border, to manage threats and take advantage of opportunities.
By applying an intelligence-led model and working with our partner agencies across the border continuum, we deliver effective border control over who and what has the right to enter or exit, and under what conditions.
Officers in the Australian Border Force are operationally focused, uniformed and part of a disciplined enforcement body undertaking functions across our operating environment – patrolling our air and seaports, remote locations, mail and cargo centres and Australia's extended maritime jurisdiction.
We work closely with other government and international agencies to detect and deter unlawful movement of goods and people across the border.
The integration of our complementary customs, immigration and border protection functions and capabilities provides more diverse and interesting jobs and careers for our people. They will be supported by better training, modernised business processes and systems, an increased sense of professionalism and a strengthened culture of integrity.
The combination of enforcement resources from both immigration and customs will enable us to boost our capacity over time and maintain investment in key capital infrastructure that supports the protection of Australia’s border.
Australian Border Force plays a vital role in protecting Australia's borders from the entry of illegal and harmful goods and unauthorised people. Border Watch encourages industry and the Australian community to work with Australian Border Force to protect Australia's borders by reporting suspicious border activities. Information provided to Border Watch could lead to the identification and disruption of criminal activity at the border.
Report Suspicious Behaviour
Australian Border Force encourages you to report suspicious behaviour to Border Watch toll-free on 1800 06 1800, or by using the anonymous online form.
Border Watch is available 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.
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