Australian Government - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

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

Customs and border protection trainee - positions vacant

In this section:

Customs and Border Protection Trainee vacancies

As vacancies are identified a 'Now Targeting' message will appear on this page with the location.

As Customs and Border Protection Trainee vacancies in your location of interest are identified, go to the positions vacant page to begin your application.


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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
    • 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 45 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 e-mail 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.
  • Should you nominate a number of locations and proceed to further stages in the assessment process for a region that is not your normal place of residence, you will be responsible for any costs associated with participating in that assessment.
  • 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 Customs and Border Protection Trainees

As Customs and Border Protection usually receives hundreds of applications for Trainee 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 Trainees 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 Customs and Border Protection website thoroughly, have a clear idea of what is required in a Trainee 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 Trainees


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

APS Code of Conduct

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 web site about Trainees, 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 Customs and Border Protection Trainee Officer.