Australian Government - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

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

Protecting our borders

Customs and Border Protection plays an important role in protecting Australia's borders from the entry of illegal and harmful goods and unauthorised people, while fostering the legitimate movement of people and goods across the border.

International and inter-agency cooperation play a vital role in protecting our borders.

We work closely with the Department of Agriculture to ensure that both agencies continue to look for opportunities to improve effectiveness and efficiency in managing common border protection and biosecurity functions.

This strategic relationship is described in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two agencies.

Related documents:

MOU - DAFF and Customs and Border Protection

Annex E1: Joint Communications

Annex D1: Shared Property Arrangements

Annex C3 - Information Sharing

Annex - International Mail

Annex A3 - Air and Sea Cargo Operations

Annex C1 - Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Annex - Administration of the Commerce (Trade Descriptions) ACT 1905

Annex - Cost recovery arrangements and revenue collection

Annex - Passenger and crew processing at international and minor airports

Annex - Personnel

Annex - Signed Sea Traveller Processing at Cruise Passenger Terminals and Wharfside Annex

Offshore Maritime Operations Annex (PDF 230KB)

Targeted Campagins Annex (PDF 199KB)

Annex - Onshore Maritime Operations (PDF 2251KB)