Australian Government - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

To protect Australia's borders and foster lawful trade and travel.

About us

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 Australian Federal Police, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection 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.

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.

Organisational arrangements

The CEO heads ACBPS with the support of two Deputy Chief Executive Officers (DCEOs).

We operate nationally through three programmes:

  • Border Management
  • Border Enforcement
  • Reform Programme Board

Organisational chart (13 October 2014) (PDF 200KB)

Profile of Chief Executive Officer Roman Quaedvlieg

Overseas representation

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.

Links to information about Customs and Border Protection