The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
is the Australian Federal Government
agency responsible for managing the security and integrity of the Australian border, facilitating the movement of legitimate international travellers and goods, and collecting border-related duties and taxes.
The minister responsible for the agency is the Minister for Home Affairs
). The Home Affairs portfolio is part of the Attorney-General's Department
, overseen by Attorney-General Robert McClelland
. The current Chief Executive Officer of the agency is Michael Carmody
The Service employs over 5,800 people around Australia and overseas and is headquartered in Canberra.
Import and export control
Customs controls the import and export of goods to and from Australia, in particular the control of prohibited or restricted items, and the interecption of illegal and potentially harmful goods such as drugs, weapons and computer games. Techniques used to target high-risk aircraft, vessels, cargo, postal items and traveller include using intelligence, computer-based profiling and analysis, detector dogs
, container X-Ray facilities, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitoring and other means.
Customs officers at air and sea ports, in addition to performing basic immigration... Read More