Border Watch is a Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force program that encourages members of the community and industry to provide information about suspicious border-related activities.
Border Watch is dedicated to building strong partnerships underpinned by trust and confidence. Organisations can register as a Border Watch member and
report any unusual or suspicious activity to help protect Australia’s border.
The Border Watch program is free to join.
How does the industry program work?
We provide a dedicated program coordinator for every Australian state and territory. Coordinators can deliver information sessions and provide resources to raise awareness of border threats in your environment.
In return, members agree to identify suspicious behaviour and report it to Border Watch. Border Watch members have access to a dedicated, 24-hour hotline.
Border Watch members are acknowledged as partners in the fight against illegal border related activities. This establishes a good reputation for the industry, which ultimately benefits members, business clients and the community.
Who should become a Border Watch member?
We encourage any company that operates in the international trade or transport sectors to join the Border Watch program. Our industry members include customs brokers, freight forwarders, shipping companies, warehouses and depots, airlines and transport companies.
We also encourage community groups and individuals who identify suspicious border activity to make contact with Border Watch. These groups may include accommodation and tourism providers, coast guard volunteers, radio operators, 4WD clubs or marina operators.
How will my information be managed?
Information provided by Border Watch members is managed in accordance with our
Information Protection Statement. Anonymity and confidentiality is of utmost importance to our program. Your local Border Watch coordinator can provide you with further details regarding how we manage the information you provide us.
How can I find out more?
To enquire about becoming a Border Watch member, use the Border Watch member enquiry form. Your enquiry will be referred to a Border Watch coordinator in the appropriate region.