Home Affairs-ABF - Customs Group Established

Home Affairs-ABF has announced a structural change in the Department with the establishment of the Customs Group, which now sits within the Australian Border Force. 

The Customs Group encompasses trade and customs related policy, customs related compliance and industry engagement. A Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Branch has been established within the Customs Group to address anti-slavery through a supply‑chain regulatory function and enhance focus on migrant worker exploitation and human trafficking.

The Customs Group is staffed by a blended team of ABF officers and Home Affairs employees to provide opportunities to better align trade and customs activities.  

Home Affairs-ABF Announcement

As a key trade, customs or traveller stakeholder, this email advises you about the establishment of the Customs Group in the Australian Border Force (ABF) within the Home Affairs Portfolio on 1 July 2019. The previous Trade and Customs Division has moved into this Group.  

The customs and trade function is critical in supporting Australia’s economic prosperity and ensuring our national security. The establishment of the new Group will strengthen Australia’s Customs service to support Australian trading businesses, and travellers seeking to cross our border. 

The Customs Group encompasses trade and customs related policy, and customs related compliance and industry engagement. This Group is led by Dr Bradley Armstrong, Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs. A Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Branch has been established within the Customs Group to address anti-slavery through a supply‑chain regulatory function and enhance focus on migrant worker exploitation and human trafficking. The Customs Group is staffed by a blended team of ABF officers and Home Affairs employees to provide opportunities to better align trade and customs activities.  

A Media Release announcing the establishment of the new Group can be found at: https://newsroom.abf.gov.au/releases/strengthening-australia-s-customs-service

A new ABF organisational structure chart can be found at: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us-subsite/files/abf-org-structure.pdf.

The Industry Engagement Section will deliver a trade and customs strategy that will be announced later this year, focusing on ABF’s collaboration with industry and other government agencies in modernising how goods and people move across Australia’s border in the future. We look forward to seeking your views in developing this strategy. We also look forward to continuing to work with you in enhancing Australia’s Customs service.

Kind regards,

Industry Engagement Team

AFIF looks forward to continuing our dialogue with Dr Bradley Armstrong and the Customs Group within the ABF, on behalf of members.  

Regards

AFIF Team