Temporary Employment Register - Australian Border Force 2023 - 2024

Job Req ID

ABF - 128647






APS3 to EL2 - $61,915.00 and $164,257.00 plus 15.4% super (part time pro-rata)


Employment Type

Non Ongoing (Temporary), Full-time / Part-time 


Flexible work



Contact Officer



This Register is open 12 months from the date advertised (closes 05/07/2024).


About our opportunity


This process is being used to fill up to several temporary vacancies and will be used to fill vacancies for up to 18 months. Non-ongoing employment for a specified term may be offered for an initial period of up to 12 months, with the possibility to extend for a further 6 months, for a total maximum period of 18 months.


About our team


 South East & Workforce | ABF Workforce 


The Australian Border Force (ABF) is an operationally independent body under the Home Affairs Portfolio. The ABF is responsible for operational border, investigations, compliance, detention (facilities and centres) and enforcement functions, and continues to be Australia's customs service. We operate in a rapidly evolving global environment.


Please visit our website for more information about the Department of Home Affairs or Australian Border Force


Our ideal candidate


We are looking for candidates who can:

  • Commit to our values and behaviours, maintaining a high level of integrity and professionalism and developing their skills and knowledge
  • Exercise lawful authority efficiently and appropriately
  • Meet and maintain high standards of operational readiness
  • Use critical thinking, sound judgement, and be prepared to take reasonable and necessary actions
  • Commit to community engagement and protection as well as client service.


Duties and responsibilities


You will be playing a key role in protecting Australia's Border, whether it be:

  • processing passengers at an air or seaport
  • clearing cargo at an air or seaport or clearing mail at a clearance centre
  • working at a district office
  • undertaking project work and administrative duties
  • assisting with regulatory functions and training delivery.


Additional information


Our officers are operationally focused, uniformed and part of a disciplined law enforcement agency, they patrol our air and seaports, remote locations, mail and cargo centres and Australia's extended maritime domain. Our officers also perform specialist functions relating to investigation, compliance and immigration detention operations. Border Force Officers are multi-skilled, mobile, agile and responsive. Our work is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Officers may undertake shift work as part of their role. Busy periods for the ABF tend to align with peak travel periods when higher numbers of people enter and depart Australia.


How to Apply


Submit your application through the Home Affairs’ recruitment system (ourPeople)


Please upload a one-page cover letter briefly outlining your experience and why you are interested in a temporary position with the ABF.


Applicant response document should be a minimum 11pt font in MSWord or PDF format, include your full name and the Requisition Number - 128647 in the document footer.

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 Systems information relevant to the classification.




To be eligible for the position you must be an Australian Citizen.


The successful candidate will be required obtain and maintain a Baseline Vetting  (AGSVA) security clearance and an Employment Suitability Clearance (ESC).


Existing ongoing employees of the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force are not eligible to apply for roles in the ABF Temporary Employment Register.


Diversity and inclusion


The Department is committed to workforce diversity and applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged to apply.


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information visit: https://www.apsc.gov.au/recruitability


Technical assistance


For technical enquiries please call or email for assistance:



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


The Department may provide relocation assistance to eligible APS employees required to relocate. The level of assistance will vary depending on the reason for relocating and your personal circumstances. For further information please enquire with the contact officer listed in the advertisement.


Information about employment and advice on how to apply for vacancies can be obtained from the Department’s website at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us/careers.


Candidates should be aware that in roles where vaccination against COVID-19 is required by public health orders/directions or other legislation proof of vaccination will be required. If a candidate is not fully vaccinated or is unwilling to be vaccinated within a reasonable time period, they may not be offered that role.