10 Nov How to become a Border Force Officer
Are you interested in working on the frontline of Australian security? Do digital forensics and surveillance work sound interesting to you? Are you confident, methodical and able to work with a team? Then learn how to become A Border Force Officer, and be part of Australia’s front line defence.
What is a Border Force Officer?
A Border Force officer, also known as a customs officer, is responsible for protecting country borders. They do this through a variety of functions that they perform individually, as part of a team or by collaborating with other law enforcement agencies.
As a Border Force officer you would need to engage with clients, travelers and partner agencies in order to carry out your duties. Your responsibilities may include coordinating responses to border threats and which may involve boarding and searching aircrafts and other vessels as well as conducting investigations and digital forensics.
Border Force officers also process the movement of travelers and goods through the country. For this reason, they may encounter and tackle border tax fraud and investigate illegal activities such as smuggling of people and goods.
To become a Border Force officer you would need to be confident, observant, responsible and methodical in the way you carry out your tasks. Because you may be working with teams or other agencies, you need to have excellent communications skills and the ability to perform your functions individually or as part of a group.
Border Force officers need to be able to manage a complex workload and because of the nature of their job, they must be capable of working under pressure and meeting deadlines.
Hours & Conditions:
Border Force officers who work full time usually do about 40 hours per week. Their work shift may include nights, weekends and public holidays. During the initial training period and in the early stage of their careers, Border Force officers may move through different locations. This could mean being transferred to different locations around Australia depending on operational requirements. You may need a driver’s license, depending on where you are based.
Because they are considered Australian public servants, you would need to be an Australian citizen to become a Border Force officer.
How to become a Border Force Officer: Qualifications:
The Australian Border Force was established in 2015 as the new frontline operational entity within the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Each year the Department enlists Border Force recruits. The recruits attend the Australian Border Force College for six months before they undertake another six months on-the-job training. After completing this, they receive the rank of Border Force officer.
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The job outlook for Border Force officer is positive and expected to likely grow. The increased demand for public safety has created a need for more Border Force officers. However, the demand for employment is expected to vary depending on federal government budgets.
Now that you know how to become a Boarder Force Officer, you may also be interested in learning about similar roles where you protect the community, so check out How to Become an Australian Federal Police Officer.