The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) hosted an industry summit in Melbourne on 19 & 20 November 2015 and outlined future strategies on crime & security.
A brief outline of their Strategic Border Command & Responses to Organised Crime & Security Breaches was stated as:
Mission – To facilitate legitimate trade and travel. Prevent, deter and detect illegal movement of people and cargo across the border .
Strategic Border Command to apply intelligence, information and targeted activities.
Several government agencies will work together to share intelligence and information – DIBP, AFP, ACC, ASIO, DFAT, DAWR, Austrac, ATO, etc.
Immigration and Customs investigations are to contribute to a whole-of government approach and a synchronised effort to target, respond and disrupt serious threats and breaches to the border.
Combatting organised crime, national security risks, serious or complex border crime, systemic vulnerabilities in trade and migration systems.
Naturally they will be seeking the cooperation of Customs & Forwarding Brokers along with their clients in this ongoing mission. National security is everybody’s business.