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Home Affairs Vacancy N.N. 10726457
Department of Home Affairs Closing date: Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Job Title: Deputy Commissioner
Division: Australian Border Force
Branch: Australian Border Force
Section: Australian Border Force
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 3
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: Several Positions

Job Description


The Australian Border Force (ABF) is an independent operational body within the Department of Home Affairs and as such the ABF stands alongside the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and AUSTRAC as one of the portfolio’s five front line operational organisations.

The Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs is the PGPA Act delegate in respect of the ABF and is the employer in relation to all ABF employees, with the exception of the ABF Commissioner. This close connection between the ABF and Department of Home Affairs requires a connected approach to corporate risk, audit and assurance, including finances, including through a service delivery framework and combined governance processes.

The ABF Operations Group
The ABF Operations Group is responsible for all operational activity relating to the management of travellers, goods and cargo throughout Australia’s borders. ABF Operations Group consists of 4 Commands and 1 Joint Agency Task Force:
• Border Patrol and Coordination Command provides 24/7 operational coordination capability to the ABF in collaboration with regional and international law enforcement and defence partners. The command also provides a dedicated focus on border protection efforts across Northern Australia.
• Enforcement Command is responsible for targeting serious non-compliance, trade/customs and migration-based crime and systematic vulnerabilities that threaten the security and safety of Australia.
• Port Operations Command manages border threats at Australia’s international gateways, including international airports, sea ports and international mail gateways while facilitating the movement of people and goods across the border.
• Maritime Border Command is responsible for protecting Australia’s border within the maritime domain, through the provision of civil maritime security operations. The operations are responsible for detecting, deterring, preventing and responding to a range of civil maritime threats.
• Joint Agency Taskforce Operation Sovereign Borders supports a whole-of-government effort to combat maritime people smuggling and contributes to the integrity of the border continuum.

The ABF Support Group
The ABF Support Group is responsible for the planning, support and continuity of specialist services across the Australian Border Force. ABF Support Group consists of 4 Commands and 1 Business Services area:
• Strategic Border Command coordinates and governs the higher level operational framework to manage border related activity.
• Operational Practices Command delivers operational and workforce capability to support border protection outcomes.
• Close Support Command develops air, marine and tactical capabilities including surveillance, forensics and the Detector Dog Program.
• Detention and Offshore Operations Command supports the Immigration Detention and Regional Processing networks.
• ABF Business Services delivers support functions to the ABF through human resource management, finance, audit and legal support to manage risk and maintain quality assurance.

The Role
As an ABF Deputy Commissioner (Operations or Support) you will be responsible for:
• Ensuring that the Australian Border Force is supported by the contemporary planning (both strategic and operational) and performance frameworks that are necessary for efficient and effective border operations.
• Anticipating, planning and leading ongoing change to enhance the capability, agility and professionalism of the Australian Border Force; positioning it as a highly respected law enforcement agency.
• Effectively communicating with our workforce to fully utilise their feedback and explaining shifts in strategy or approach.
• Strengthening operational effectiveness, risk management, leadership and integrity standards.
• Ensuring that the acquisition, preparedness, development and sustainment of Australian Border Force capabilities are consistent with Government and Portfolio requirements and priorities.
• Managing resources, risks and contributing as a senior leader to ABF and Departmental Executive Committees and forums.
• Enhancing relationships and coordination mechanisms with government agencies at the state and federal level, in particular with partner agencies such as the AFP, ASIO, ACIC and AUSTRAC, and with international partners and organisations.



The successful candidate must be an Australian citizen, successfully undergo the Department’s Employment Suitability Clearance process and have the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance at a minimum level of Negative Vetting 2.


It is essential that you obtain the candidate information pack before applying by emailing Blayne O'Hara of EQV Associates, either by phone on 1300 565 010 or by email to stating reference 'ABF Deputy Commissioners'.

About Department of Home Affairs 

‘Working together to ensure that Australia is prosperous, secure and united’

The Department of Home Affairs is a central policy agency, providing coordinated strategy and policy leadership for Australia's national and transport security, federal law enforcement, criminal justice, cyber security, border, immigration, multicultural affairs, emergency management and trade related functions. The Department of Home Affairs includes the entirety of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. It also includes national security, emergency management and criminal justice functions from the Attorney-General's Department; the Office of Transport Security from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; multicultural affairs from the Department of Social Services; and the counter-terrorism coordination and cyber security policy functions from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

To Apply

Selection Documentation: Blayne O'Hara, 1300 565 010
Position Contact: Blayne O'Hara, 1300 565 010
Apply Address: SES2018-101
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS21-Thu - 24 May 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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