Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers have been recognised for their accomplishments and dedication in a special ceremony at Parliament House today.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton attended the ACBPS CEO’s Awards ceremony to personally congratulate the awardees and said it was an honour to be in charge of a portfolio of such committed and high-achieving staff.
Twenty-seven officers received Awards for Conspicuous Conduct, Excellence and Innovation.
Awardees included an intelligence specialist whose investigations resulted in the detection and seizure of 100 kilograms of methamphetamine and three Dampier District Office staff who provided emergency assistance to the victim of a car accident while waiting for emergency services.
“These awardees embody the core values of the ACBPS and their efforts have helped ensure the security of our borders and the safety and prosperity of our nation,” Mr Dutton said.
“I would like to whole-heartedly thank these officers for the leadership, integrity and professionalism they have displayed and the contribution they have made to the Service.”
Mr Dutton said that while the ceremony was the last under the ACBPS banner, customs duties and the staff who carry them out would continue to receive the recognition and respect that they deserve.
“On July 1, we will transition to the Australian Border Force (ABF) – a single frontline operational border agency,” Mr Dutton said.
“Under the ABF, customs functions will be strengthened and officers like these awardees will continue to inspire and lead our new organisation into the future.”
“On behalf of the Australian Government I thank all Customs and Border Protection officers who serve the Australian people tirelessly every day.”