ENFORCEMENT of trade rules as well as border and maritime security were prominent topics at the fifth Australia-Papua New Guinea Customs Bilateral Meeting in Canberra this week.

The event was hosted by the Australian Border Force Commissioner Michael Outram.

Commissioner Outram reaffirmed the ABF’s commitment to working with the PNGCS as a border security partner in the Indo-Pacific region.

“We share many strategic challenges and opportunities with our PNG counterparts and other customs organisations in the region and it’s vital we are always looking for ways to collaborate, particularly on matters of intelligence, innovation and development,” Commissioner Outram said.

“Today’s meetings with representatives from across the Home Affairs portfolio ensures that the PNGCS has access to a breadth of operational, regulatory and policy experience and expertise.

“The ABF, along with the Department of Home Affairs, committed to continue officer exchange programs and other strategic programs to ensure our strong relationship with the PNGCS continues to grow.”


According to the ABF, the plenary meetings were followed by a post-APEC Corroboree celebration organised for the PNGCS which involved an indigenous performance and gifting ceremony.

“The success of APEC 2018 will leave a lasting legacy for PNG, and we recognise the generations of close border security and customs cooperation between our agencies,” Commissioner Outram said.

ABF Commissioner, Michael Outram APM and PNG Customs Service Chief Commissioner, Ray Paul OBE sign a Statement of Intent to signify the partnership between the two customs agencies during the 5th Australia–Papua New Guinea Customs Bilateral Meeting. ABF