AUSTRALIAN Border Force acting Commissioner Michael Outram said the impending creation of the Department of Home Affairs would not detract from the ABF’s role as customs facilitator, but would in fact enhance it.
Addressing the CBFCA annual national conference in the Gold Coast Mr Outran said the establishment of the new Department was undoubtedly on many people’s minds.
“There’s been some speculation in the media and some academic circles and in the industry that the ABF might somehow lose its operational customs functions,” he said.
“I want to take the opportunity today to assure you that any sort of notions that we’re going to start focusing on compliance and enforcement to the cost of our service facilitation in customs services is far from the truth.”
Mr Outram expects the Department to increase the engagement with the ABF’s law enforcement and intelligence partners.
He said the more information, the more consistent data is available to the ABF, the easier its officers can connect consignments to known criminals.
“And that will enhance, rather than detract from our role as Australia’s customs service.”
Ian Ackerman is on location at the CBFCA National Conference, which is being held on the Gold Coast from 26-28 October.