Thursday 20th Sep, 2018

Changes at the helm of Australian Border Force

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THE Australian Border Force has confirmed the appointment of two new deputy commissioners, with Mandy Newton APM and Justine Saunders APM to lead Australia’s border agency under the command of Commissioner Michael Outram.


Ms Newton is to start in the role of Deputy Commissioner Operations from 3 September and Ms Saunders is to start in the role of Deputy Commissioner Support on 29 October.

Commissioner Outram said both officers demonstrated extensive leadership and operational experience.

“Mandy and Justine bring further quality and strength to our renewed ABF senior leadership team and I congratulate them on their appointment following a highly competitive recruitment process,” Commissioner Outram said.

“The ABF’s operational performance has been outstanding in recent years, in spite of significant change, increases in traveller and trade volumes and in a difficult and changing threat environment. I have no doubt this will continue under the leadership of these two deputies.”

Mandy Newton has been filling the role of ABF Deputy Commissioner Support since April 2017.

Before joining the ABF, Mandy had 28 years of public service in the AFP across several executive, operations and operational support roles including:

  • national manager economic and special operations – including AFP’s Operations Coordination Centre, national and international Investigations, corporate communications and government relations
  • national manager of people safety and security – implemented the review of gender and harassment in the AFP in conjunction with Elizabeth Broderick.

Justine Saunders has been a member of the AFP since 1989, including most recently as the Chief Police Officer of the ACT.

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