Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) manages the security and integrity of Australia's borders.
We work closely with other government and international agencies, in particular the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Defence, to detect and deter unlawful movement of goods and people across the border.
From 1 July 2015, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will be consolidated into a single Department of Immigration and Border Protection. At this time, the Australian Border Force, a single frontline operational border agency, will be established within the department. The Blueprint for Integration and the Plan for Integration provide further information.
We employ more than 5000 people in Australia and overseas and our central office is in Canberra. We have a fleet of ocean-going patrol vessels and contract two aerial surveillance providers for civil maritime surveillance and response.
Protecting the Australian community through the interception of illegal drugs and firearms is a high priority and sophisticated techniques are used to target high-risk aircraft, vessels, cargo, postal items and travellers. This includes intelligence analysis, computer-based analysis, detector dogs and various other technologies.
Our clients include the Australian community, the Government, industry, travellers and other government agencies.
From 2 March, DIBP and ACBPS will be operating in a joint, integrated structure in preparation for formal integration on 1 July 2015. Until that date, existing accountabilities will remain in place, with the Secretary retaining accountability for immigration functions, and the CEO of ACBPS retaining accountability for customs and trade-related matters.
Chief Executive Officer (ACBPS)
Integrated portfolio structure
Deputy Secretaries and Deputy CEO
|Marion Grant PSM
|Peter Vardos PSM
Decision Support Review
|Rachel Noble PSM
|Michael Manthorpe PSM
Visa and Citizenship Services
Immigration and Status Resolution Group
Acting Deputy Secretary
Intelligence and Capability
|Michael Outram APM
Top structure chart
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We have permanent representation at Australian Embassies and High Commissions in Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Washington DC and New Delhi. Staff undertaking capacity building projects are also located in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
See also the locations of ACBPS Australian offices.
- Annual reports
- Authority and power
- Blueprint for Integration and the Plan for Integration
- Business opportunities
- CCTV advisory service
- Client Service Charter 2014
- Collective Agreement
- Complaints and Compliments
- Corporate Plan 2013-14
- Customs and Border Protection National Consultative Committee (CNCC)
- Customs and Border Protection offices
- Customs and Border Protection Regulatory philosophy
- File listing (Harradine listing)
- Heads of Commonwealth Operational Law Enforcement Agencies (HOCOLEA)
- Heritage Strategy
- Integrity and Professional Standards
- International relations - capacity building
- Kyoto convention
- National Passenger Processing Committee (NPPC)
- Portfolio budget statements
- Protecting our borders - Border Protection Command, Customs Watch, border technologies, Detector Dog Program, Container and Cargo Examination Facilities, Customs Marine Unit, Smartgate
- Regulatory Plans
- Review of Passengers Functions at International Airports 2006
- Service Standards 2014
- Strategic outlook 2015
- Statement of Intent 2011-2012 (PDF1.37MB)
- Statutory powers
- WCO data model