Australian Government - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

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

Positions vacant

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How to apply

After reading the information below you are ready to apply.

  • Make sure you have answered the questions in the section "Is Customs and Border Protection for you?" This will help you to decide whether we are the organisation and this is the job for you.
  • Please read all the information available on this website before you complete the on-line application. In particular, make sure you read the snapshots in What to expect and the General information pages.
  • It will help to have the following information on hand before you begin completing your application:
    • an up to date Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume
    • one of the following forms of ID
      • passport
      • birth certificate
      • Australian driver’s licence
      • ID card
    • your education details
    • details of your previous jobs and employers
    • referee contact details; and
    • access to Word to draft your responses to the Selection Criteria.
  • Make sure you have plenty of time. The application should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, however some questions will require extra preparation (see supplementary questions below). You can take breaks between sections if you prefer, and you can save your application exit the system and return to complete the process at your convenience.
  • You must give an email address in order to apply on-line. If you do not have an email address, we suggest you go to an internet email service provider (for example to instantly obtain a free email address.
  • Answer all questions openly and honestly. We will verify the information that you provide through your application at later stages during the recruiting process. If you provide misleading or incorrect information we will disregard your application.
  • Assessment centres will be held in major capital cities. If you are successful through to the assessment centre stage, you will be responsible for any travel costs associated. If there are extenuating financial circumstances or you live in a remote locality, assistance may be provided on a case by case basis.
  • If you are successful with an application for a region away from your normal place of residence you will be responsible for all relocation costs.

Selection criteria for Border Force Recruits

As Customs and Border Protection receives hundreds of applications for Border Force Recruit positions, yours needs to be one of the best to be selected to progress further. It is therefore important that your responses to the questions are succinct, well planned and answer the question asked. It is important that you consider the information provided in these sections about the roles Recruits complete and reflect that information in your answer, highlighting the skills, qualities and knowledge you would bring to the role.

Please respond using examples from work (full time, part time or casual; paid or voluntary). If you do not have work examples, please provide relevant examples from your school, university, clubs or associations. Please focus on your involvement in the various situations (eg use I instead of we) and give examples within the last two years if possible.

We have found that the most successful applications come from candidates who read the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service website thoroughly, have a clear idea of what is required in a Border Force Recruit role and have thought carefully about the skills and experiences that they can bring to the role.

Applicants will only be considered for the next step if they meet the selection criteria so think about these criteria when completing the application.


It will take some time to answer these questions so it will be helpful to prepare your answers in a Word document or plain text file first. You can then cut and paste the text from the file into the appropriate spaces in the application.

Selection Criteria for Border Force Recruits

Re-sit policy

An applicant who does not meet relevant gateway benchmarks will have the opportunity to re-sit the relevant gateways:

OCAT (Online Cognitive Ability Test)

12 months after their initial attempt and when a vacancy is advertised.

Functional Fitness Assessment (FFA)

There is no resit available for the FFA. Candidates who do not meet the benchmarks at the FFA will not progress and will be required to resubmit a new application for the next intake.

Medical Assessment

There is no resit available for the medical assessment. Candidates who do not meet the benchmarks at the medical assessment will not progress and will be required to resubmit a new application for the next intake.

Psychological Assessment

12 months after their initial assessment and when a vacancy is advertised.

Recruit Applicant Assessment Centre

There is no resit available for this mandatory component.

APS Values and relationships

Customs and Border Protection employees are expected to uphold high levels of integrity and as such will be consistently required to understand and operate within the following value and code.

APS Values and relationships

APS Code of Conduct

The APS Code of Conduct is set out in section 13 of the Public Service Act 1999.

Summary checklist

Work your way through the following checklist to see that you are ready to move onto the next step in the process.

  I have read all the recruitment information available on the website about Border Force Recruits, including requirements and conditions. 
  I have read the self-assessment questionnaire and am satisfied there is a good match between my skills and potential and the requirements of the job. 
  I have familiarised myself with the medical and fitness requirements and the importance of security
  I have carefully read the Code of Conduct and APS Values and believe I can behave in accord with these standards. 
  I understand the selection process and selection criteria for a Border Force Recruit. 
I have read the proposed timelines provided and am available during those dates to attend medical and fitness assessments as well as the Assessment Centres.