Australia and the United States will enhance cooperation on border protection through a new Joint Border Protection Initiative.
The new initiative will expand on Australia’s current intelligence sharing relationship with the United States into new areas of international cooperation.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the initiative boosts border protection cooperation between Australia and the United States.
“Border threats are complex and diverse and through greater intelligence sharing and operational cooperation with the United States we are able to better protect Australia’s borders against these threats,” said Mr Dutton.
“My Department will work with US border agencies to share information and intelligence on high risk travellers and cargo.
“Secure data sharing and analytical collaboration will assist our two nations to mitigate a range of border threats starting with foreign fighters, but over time this could be expanded into other areas. Agreement for the initiative builds on an arrangement for the sharing of immigration and visa information signed last year.”
The Joint Border Protection Initiative was agreed by both countries at the recent Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).
The Initiative will be further developed through Strategic Dialogue between the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and United States border agencies.