ABF welcomes new recruits in Victoria

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has welcomed 18 new officers at a graduation ceremony in Melbourne today.

Having successfully completed an intensive six-month training programme, the officers will now be deployed to sites across Victoria and Tasmania, including airports, seaports, cargo facilities and mail centres.

ABF Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg congratulated the ABF’s newest recruits and welcomed them into service.

“ABF officers have an important role in protecting our community from criminals who seek to breach the integrity of Australia’s borders, whether by trafficking illicit drugs and weapons into the country, or through visa non-compliance,” Commissioner Quaedvlieg said.

“Today’s graduates come from a range of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: a commitment to serving the Australian people and contributing to our national security, economic prosperity and social well-being through their work.”

During their first six months, the recruits received training in passenger clearance, vessel and aircraft search and cargo and mail examination.

The graduates will now commence six-month work placements, where they will put into practice the skills they’ve learnt in their training, before commencing their first full-time postings in July.

This is the second class of recruits to graduate from ABF training in as many months, with a class of 16 others recently sworn-in to the ABF in Sydney on 17 December 2015. Both classes will soon be joined by another 62 recruits who are currently completing their training at the ABF College and will graduate into service in the coming months.

Media contact: Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244

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