NEWS The role of the Australian Border Force

​The ABF forms an integral part of the new Home Affairs Portfolio, reflecting its role as Australia's frontline border law enforcement agency.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) forms an integral part of the new Home Affairs Portfolio, reflecting its role as Australia’s frontline border law enforcement agency. It continues to provide Australia’s customs service, focussing on the facilitation of both goods and people.

The ABF is one of four frontline operational bodies and agencies that make up the Portfolio, along with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC). The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) will join the Portfolio subject to the passage of legislation in early 2018.

The ABF is an operationally independent body led by a statutorily appointed Commissioner. The Department of Home Affairs provides the ABF with corporate and enabling services under an agreed service delivery model. This includes functions such as finance, HR, policy and procedures.

The ABF’s property footprint and presence in airports, seaports, remote regions, international locations and maritime domains is unchanged. The interim ABF headquarters is 5 Constitution Avenue, Canberra ACT. A new headquarters near Canberra airport is expected to be ready in late 2018.

New emails have been created for all ABF officers who report to the ABF Commissioner:  firstname.lastname@abf.gov.au. A new website for the ABF is expected to be complete by mid-2018.

Further information about the ABF, including its role in protecting Australia’s border and national security see Australian Border Force.