ABF quashes tobacco smuggling ring in Sydney

An Australian Border Force (ABF) investigation has resulted in more than 18 million cigarettes being seized and the arrest of three men alleged to be behind a significant tobacco smuggling ring in Sydney. On 3 December, ABF officers tar... Read More →

Record penalties for illegal foreign fishermen

In a major strike against illegal fishing, four illegal foreign fishers involved in three separate incidents were convicted in Darwin courts last Friday after investigations by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), in coo... Read More →

Woman charged with importing ephedrine

A 44-year-old woman will this morning (Monday, 12 December 2016) appear before Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with importing approximately seven kilograms of ephedrine into Melbourne Airport. Read More →

Correcting the Record - Incident at Sydney Airport

Recent media reporting relating to an incident at Sydney Airport is incorrect. The individual involved was in the process of being transferred after having his visa cancelled under s.501 of the Migration Act. The individual was not an a... Read More →

ABF rescued two from overturned yacht off Cairns

The crew of Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Storm Bay have rescued two people from the water after their yacht capsized off Cairns. Shortly after leaving Cairns on patrol on Sunday 4 December 2016, ABFC Storm Bay received a reques... Read More →

ANU and DIBP strengthen ties

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Australian National University (ANU) have signed a new agreement to cooperate on research, analysis, policy development and training. The new Memorandum of Understanding... Read More →

Illegal foreign fishers convicted

The last week has seen illegal fishers from two separate fishing vessels convicted of exploiting Australia’s marine resources after investigations by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). On Friday 25 November 2016... Read More →

Protecting our community

Australian Border Force officers have responded to variety of threats to the community in Melbourne this week, stopping hand grenades, ammunition shells and illicit tobacco from breaching our borders. On Wednesday 23 November 2016, ABF ... Read More →

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 →