The Australian Border Force (ABF) is Australia’s frontline border law enforcement agency and customs service. We are an operationally independent body within the Home Affairs portfolio.
Our mission is to protect Australia’s border and enable legitimate travel and trade. Our vision is to be a global leader in border law enforcement and trusted partner that helps build a safe, secure and prosperous Australia. We aim to facilitate the movement of people and goods across the border.
We work closely with other agencies to share knowledge, expertise and intelligence in order to detect, deter and prosecute those who attempt to do us harm at the border. The work we do contributes to safeguarding Australia’s national security.
Australia has one of the largest and most challenging border environments in the world. Our border includes:
- approximately 37,000 kilometres of coastline (much of which is in remote regions) and an offshore zone covering 10 million square kilometres of ocean
- major and regional international airports
- more than 60 international seaports
Our teams operate across all of these environments, with offices in every state and territory, and around the globe. Each week we:
- inspect 1.1 million mail items
- clear 750,000 air passengers
- clear 700 ships
- seize 850 prohibited drug imports
- locate 300 unlawful non-citizens
- collect AUD340 million in revenue on behalf of the Australian Government
- patrol 2.3 million square nautical miles