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REGISTER - GAZ - APS2 - ACT - Casual and Non-Ongoing Assistant Border Force Officer 2022/2023

Requisition Number: 112501
Position Number/s: Several
Classification: APS Level 2  
Location: ACT  
Division: South East & Workforce  
Branch: Enforcement Operations East  
Section: Various  
Security Classification: Baseline Vetting 
Salary: $54,439.00 to $61,245.00  
Contact: Atsuko McGowan Email:

Period of Vacancy: Non ongoing - Temporary/Casual
Number of Vacancies: Several


Applications close: 06 April 2023 at 11:59pm (midnight) - AEDT. Late applications will not be accepted.


Your registration will remain active until 06 April 2023. After this time you will need to submit a new expression of interest by reapplying.


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 Australian Border Force:

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. We must perform to the highest standards while remaining agile to anticipate and respond to emerging threats, and capitalise on opportunities to partner with domestic and international border, customs, immigration, intelligence and law enforcement agencies. To deliver our mission in the face of advancing technology and new threats, it is not enough to be reactive; we must be professional, disciplined and collaborative.


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.


About the roles:

Irregular and Intermittent Employees (IIEs) are employed with the ABF as casuals at the APS2 classification and assist frontline operational teams to meet peaks associated with the movement of people and goods across the border. Casuals are predominantly required to work at international airports to alleviate pressure on existing teams during periods of increased flight departures and arrivals. This includes work undertaken outside of standard business hours. These roles are frontline roles which require officers to wear the ABF uniform and represent the ABF professionally in the public domain. Officers undertake administrative and operational support duties, as well as passenger processing. Officers must be capable of interacting with members of the community and foreign visitors.


If you are found suitable and offered to undertake casual work for the ABF as an IIE, you will be offered work hours on an irregular and intermittent basis in line with our ABF officers. This includes work within standard business hours, work after hours, on weekends, and/or on public holidays. Work hours will be offered intermittently and sometimes at very short notice. We are looking for individuals who are able to regularly and flexibly commute to ABF sites within their locale as needed.


Our ideal candidates:

The ABF is currently looking for flexible, adaptable and reliable people to undertake work on a casual basis, or on a non-ongoing basis at the APS 2 classification. You will receive appropriate training in order to undertake requisite functions, such as passenger clearances. Training is currently around four (4) weeks in duration and is undertaken on a full time basis. Components of the training may need to be conducted interstate. Successful completion of training is a condition of employment.

Specific duties/responsibilities:

In the ABF we are looking for Assistant Border Force Officers who can:

  • Commit to our values and behaviours, maintaining a high level of integrity and professionalism
  • Meet and maintain stringent medical and psychometric standards, as fitness, health and mobility are vital to our work
  • Commit to 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.


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 tell us in approximately half a page, why you would like to work as an IIE with the Australian Border Force.

You will then be asked a series of screening questions that will be used to assess your suitability for the role.


Further Information:
For further information about working in the Department, please visit our Careers and Recruitment page.

If you are interested in joining the ABF as an entry-level non on-going employee, please see further information on when applications open and how to apply.


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
  • Undergo a health assessment (where applicable)
  • Willing and able to work across a range of domains and locations as required, including undertaking work outside of standard business hours if operational requirements demand.


Mandatory (and where applicable, role specific) screening questions are used within the application to ensure all successful applicants meet these minimum requirements of the Department.


Applicants who have taken a voluntary redundancy from an APS Agency may be restricted from subsequent APS employment. For further information on how this may affect you, please refer to the Australian Public Service Commission website.    


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

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