The establishment of the Australian Border Force (ABF) is closer than ever with the passage of the Australian Border Force Bill 2015 and the Customs and Other Legislation Amendment (Australian Border Force) Bill 2015 through the Senate today.
These Bills enable the establishment of the ABF as the operational arm of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said that the ABF will keep Australia’s borders secure for legitimate trade, travel and migration and will work closely with Commonwealth, state and territory and international law enforcement partners
"The ABF will be the nation’s first line of defence against individuals and networks seeking to undermine our border controls or threaten our community," Mr Dutton said.
"The Government is already getting on with the job of ensuring stronger borders and the passage of the Bill will further strengthen the Government’s ability to protect Australia’s border.
"Some of the functions the ABF will perform predate Australia’s federation in 1901, however it will be a truly 21st century organisation.
"ABF officers will be supported by the latest technology, and their training will ensure the workforce is capable, responsive and agile."
The Australian Border Force, under the leadership of the first ABF Commissioner, is due to commence operation on 1 July 2015.
The Government will announce the first Commissioner in due course.