AUSTRALIA is working with its northern neighbour to combat international maritime border security threats as the ABF and the Indonesian maritime Security Agency (BAKAMLA) signed a new information-sharing agreement.
Under the Arrangement on Maritime Security Cooperation, the two law-enforcement agencies are to exchange information regarding potential threats, suspicious behaviour and vessels of concern moving across areas of mutual interest.
Additionally, ABF and BAKAMLA officers will conduct co-ordinated patrols and joint exercises and share training and research expertise to boost maritime security co-operation.
Acting ABF Commissioner Michael Outram said working with partners in the Asia-Pacific region is critical to protecting the security and prosperity of Australia and its neighbours in a time of growing maritime threats.
“The importation of drugs and other illicit goods, illegal maritime arrivals, the exploitation of natural resources and maritime terrorism aren’t unique to Australia and addressing these threats requires co-operation across domestic and international border agencies and law enforcement,” Commissioner Outram said.
“Indonesia has proven an invaluable partner in the fight against people smuggling, showing great commitment to disrupting and dismantling the criminal networks that prey on vulnerable individuals. We look forward to continuing to work closely on this and other fronts.”
The Arrangement on Maritime Security Cooperation was a key outcome of the inaugural Senior Officers’ Meeting conducted between the ABF and BAKAMLA in Manado, Indonesia in May.
It was also a key goal of the Australia-Indonesia Plan of Action, under the Joint Maritime Declaration signed in February 2017.