Vietnamese fishing vessel apprehended off Gladstone

Maritime Border Command (MBC), a multi-agency task force within the Australian Border Force (ABF), in cooperation with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), apprehended a foreign fishing vessel (FFV) on 19 November 2016 s... Read More →

Two men arrested for cigarette importation attempt

The Australian Border Force (ABF) arrested two men for attempting to illegally import more than 17,000 undeclared cigarettes each through Melbourne Airport last week. The two men, aged 39 and 35 respectively, arrived at Melbourne Airpor... Read More →

Illegal foreign fishers plead guilty

Deterring illegal fishing within Australian waters is imperative to ensuring the ongoing sustainability of Australia’s maritime resources for future generations. On Friday 18 November 2016, two Indonesian illegal foreign fishers ap... Read More →

New Temporary Activity Visa Framework

A New Temporary Activity Visa Framework commencing on 19 November 2016 has reduced seven visa subclasses to four, as part of a move to a fairer and more efficient visa system. Assistant Secretary, Planning, Design & Assurance, Mich... Read More →

Statement on UN Special Rapporteur’s visit

The Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, François Crépeau visited Australia from 1-18 November 2016 to examine the situation of migrants and asylum seekers in Australia. Australia has a long history of engagi... Read More →

Strengthening customs and trade ties with Laos

  Customs-to-customs ties between Australia and Laos have been boosted by the signing of a new arrangement in Vientiane today.   Australian Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg is visiting the region to further coopera... Read More →

Mildura man charged with importing handgun parts

Australian Border Force investigators have arrested a 34-year-old man for illegally importing handgun parts following the execution of a search warrant at the man’s Mildura residence yesterday. With the support of Victoria Police,... Read More →