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GAZ - APS5 - NSW/VIC Senior Border Force Officer Trade Compliance Audits

Requisition Number: 127110
Position Number/s: Various
Classification: APS Level 5  
Location: NSW; VIC  
Division: Customs  
Branch: Trusted Trader & Trade Compliance  
Section: Compliance Audits  
Security Classification: Baseline Vetting 
Salary: $77,642.00 to $83,632.00  
Contact: Ian Burchfield   Phone: 03 9244 8618
Period of Vacancy: Ongoing 
Number of Vacancies:  Several 


Applications close: Tuesday 4 April 2023 at 11:59pm (midnight) - AEDT. Late applications will not be accepted.


Who can apply:
Please note this opportunity is available to current Australian Public Service employees and all eligible members of the community.


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The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for centrally coordinated strategy and policy leadership in relation to domestic national security arrangements, law enforcement, emergency management, counter-terrorism, social cohesion, the protection of our sovereignty, the integrity of our border and the resilience of our national infrastructure.

The Australian Border Force, an operationally independent body within the Department of Home Affairs, is Australia's frontline border law enforcement agency and Australia's customs service. The Australian Border Force's mission is to protect Australia's border and facilitate the legitimate movement of people and goods across it.


Overview of the Branch:

The Customs Division pursues and manages policy and regulatory frameworks to enable the movement of travellers and goods across our borders. This is to support Australia's economy and security.

The Division drives a progressive agenda that seeks an enhanced and seamless trade and traveller experience. We engage strategically with industry in developing and implementing innovative policy and regulatory initiatives.

The Trusted Trader and Trade Compliance Branch administers the Trade Compliance program and provides guidance on trade services to create a strong, secure and efficient border. As part of the Customs Division within the ABF, the Branch supports the efficient management and flow of legitimate goods across the border while responding quickly to the evolving international trade environment.


About the role:

Trade Compliance Audits is a multi-disciplinary, national team that undertakes targeted inquiries to enforce Australia’s rules of trade and relevant legislation across a range of risks and trade groups.

Delivering operational pre, at and post border trade compliance activity. These activities are informed by risk and utilise evidence based assessments to prioritise activities and treatments within a documented planning and governance process.

Consisting of the following national teams NSW Audits and Trade Compliance Targeted Response (TCTR) undertake similar roles with one team located in NSW and one team located in VIC.


The core objectives of Trade Compliance Audits are:

  • To protect the Australian community and economy by enforcing border laws,
  • Have a significant, positive and lasting impact on the trading environment by preventing, detecting, correcting and deterring trade related crime and addressing significant or systemic border revenue vulnerabilities,
  • Enhance the ABF’s domestic and international reputation for dealing with complex trade crime and vulnerabilities, and make a contribution where possible to the efforts of other parts of the Service, and domestic and foreign law enforcement partners to combat crime.


Our ideal candidate:

Trade Compliance Audit is looking for people with skills, experience and/or qualifications (or working towards) in the fields of compliance audit, financial audit and accounting.


The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a team environment, however there is a focus on independent decision making, allocated case work and an ability to work across different risks. The successful candidates will be self-driven and have an understanding or demonstrated ability to navigate relevant legislative powers.


The successful applicant/s will possess professionalism, have strong communication skills, and be committed to a high level of support to industry and the Australian community in delivering international trade compliance.


Specific duties/responsibilities:

A Senior Border Force Officer within Trade Compliance Audit is expected to manage a diverse range of compliance activities and related issues. These can include:

  • Undertake compliance audits, desktop verification exercises and/or leverage exercises
  • Conduct the research, planning, completion and reporting of the full range of case based trade compliance and enforcement activities
  • Manage correspondence arising from Trade Compliance Audit cases
  • Create and maintain Commonwealth records in line with the Department of Home Affairs Records Management Policy
  • Prepare reports and recommendations on Trade Compliance Audit cases undertaken including the imposition of administrative penalties. This may include leading prosecutions for any of these administrative penalties that remain unpaid
  • Communicate and work effectively with other work areas within and outside of Trade Compliance Audit This includes representing the Trade Compliance Audit at meetings in order to achieve work area goals and objectives
  • Undertaking focused visits and/or campaign activity. Providing timely and accurate advice to industry and assist in the presentation of information to owners and service providers involved in the importation and or exportation of goods
  • Model and promote the APS values, integrity and professional standards, including fair and equitable behaviour, and apply the principles and procedures of work, health and safety within the work area.


Role requirements/qualifications

  • Skills, experience and/or qualifications (or working towards) in the fields of compliance audit, financial audit and accounting
  • Excellent attention to detail, examination of documentary declarations and evidence submitted by entities is regularly required as part of the role. This work is highly technical and close attention to detail is required
  • Effectively communication with a diverse range of stakeholders. Be assertive and confident in all dealings with importers, exporters, service providers, specialist lawyers and other external contacts
  • Excellent interview techniques and the ability to cultivate a strong working rapport with clients to deliver a quality service and improve voluntary compliance
  • Understanding (or demonstrated ability to develop knowledge) in the main trade risk areas. Goods valuation principles; duty and GST liability; free trade agreements and tariff concessions; trade remedies including anti-dumping and countervailing duties; trade based transfer pricing; excise equivalent goods measures in conjunction with the ATO; and, classification of imported and exported commodities using the Tariff and Australian Harmonised Export Commodity Classification. (AHECC)
  • Utilising a broad range of industry facing and internal ABF systems to conduct research and identify instances of non-compliance; such as ICS, BIRS, Cargo Search, Compliance Central, NIS, Exams, GMS, AUSTRAC, MASCOT.


Applicant response

As part of your application, you will be required to prepare a response document (minimum 11pt font in MSWord or PDF format), which you will upload in the next section. 

Please ensure you read the instructions carefully, noting failure to address identified requirements may lead to your application being deemed ineligible.  

Please prepare a maximum two-page Statement of claims in relation to the advertised role, outlining:



How to apply:

Prior to preparing your response it is recommended you review the Work Level Standards relevant to the classification you are applying to. It may also be useful to refer to the Integrated Leadership System information relevant to the classification. You are required to submit your application in Home Affairs' online recruitment system (ourPeople).

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • Your CV
  • Your Applicant Response document
  • Details of two referees
  • Include your full name and the Requisition Number - 127110 in the footer of any documents being uploaded.


Eligibility and Specific Conditions of Employment

To be eligible to work with the Department of Home Affairs you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen
  • Fulfil the Department’s minimum requirements by satisfactorily answering all screening questions during the application process
  • Obtain and maintain the required AGSVA clearance
  • Obtain and maintain a current Employment Suitability Clearance
  • Satisfy a probation period
  • Undergo a health assessment (if applicable).

To be eligible to work in some roles, you may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including any COVID-19 booster dose to maintain an 'up-to-date' status). Candidates should be aware that in roles where vaccination against COVID-19 is required by public health orders/directions or other legislation, if a candidate is not fully vaccinated or is unwilling to be vaccinated within a reasonable period, they may not be offered that role.


Technical Assistance

If you are experiencing problems submitting your application online, please email the nature of the issues you are experiencing to Recruitment ( including screen captures if necessary. A response will be sent during business hours.



Remuneration: The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position.

Information about employment in the Department of Home Affairs, and advice on how to apply for vacancies can be obtained from the Department’s website at

If you have identified as having a disability, please indicate whether you require any support throughout the selection process. For further information please contact Recruitment: