Border Force officers manage the security and integrity of Australia's borders. They mainly work at international airports, seaports or outposts along the Australian coastline. Border Force officers check passengers and crew before clearing them for entry into Australia. They check international mail, passenger luggage and other cargo of ships and aircraft to prevent the illegal entry into Australia of prohibited, quarantined or dutiable goods.
There are a number of entry pathways into the Border Force. This includes entering as a Border Force Recruit, a graduate trainee or through general recruitment. You can work as a Border Force Recruit without formal qualifications. To enter the Border Force Recruit program you must be over 18, hold or be willing to obtain a drivers licence, be an Australian citizen and undergo medical, fitness and security assessments. Training is provided on the job, with successful applicants undertaking a 12-month recruit training program before becoming a Level 3 officer. To become a graduate trainee you need to complete a 3-year or equivalent bachelor degree at an Australian university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. Graduate trainees are introduced to a diverse range of work within the organisation through an intensive 10-month training program. The program includes rotational work placements and formal training. General â€˜above baseâ€™ recruitment entry is available to individuals applying for specific roles, based on their previous experience and qualifications.
Border Force officers may perform the following tasks:
Border Force officers are multiskilled and usually work as part of a team or under general supervision. Most officers work closely with the public and related industry personnel. During initial training and in the early stages of their careers, officers can expect to be moved through a number of different areas. This may include periods of transfer to different locations around Australia depending on operational requirements. Some work areas require shiftwork and overtime.
All available positions are advertised based on operational requirements on the Border Force website or through the Australian Public Service website (www.apsjobs.gov.au).