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 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.

Organisational arrangements

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)

Roman Quaedvlieg

CEO Roman Quaedvlieg

Integrated portfolio structure

Secretary (DIBP)

Michael Pezzullo

Michael Pezzullo Secretary Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Deputy Secretaries and Deputy CEO

Marion Grant PSM

Marion Grant
Peter Vardos PSM
Client Services
Decision Support Review
Peter Vardos
Rachel Noble PSM

Rachel Noble
Michael Manthorpe PSM
Visa and Citizenship Services
Michael Manthorpe
Cindy Briscoe
Immigration Status Resolution Group

Cindy Briscoe
Maria Fernandez
Deputy Secretary
Intelligence and Capability Group
Maria Fernandez
Michael Outram APM
Border Operations
Michael Outram

Top structure chart

Department of Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio Structure 9 March 2015 (273KB PDF)

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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