Border Force Officer Recruit (BFORT) Generalist

Job Req ID

ABF - 129289






APS Level 2 - $54,439.00 and $61,245.00 plus 15.4% super (part time pro-rata)


Employment Type

Ongoing (Permanent), Full-time 


Flexible work



Contact Officer 


Applications close on 02/10/2023 at 11:59pm AEST (midnight) - Late applications will not be accepted.


About our opportunity


This process is being used to fill up to 50 immediate vacancies. A merit pool may be established and used to fill similar vacancies for up to 18 months. Non-ongoing engagements for a specified term may be offered for an initial period of up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension up to a maximum period of three years.


About our team


Ports & Enforcement | ABF Workforce | | ABF College | Foundation and Ports Faculty


The Border Force Officer Recruit Training (BFORT) programme provides the Australian Border Force (ABF) with an operational workforce, which is trained and equipped to undertake functions across the entire border environment. Operating under a command-and-control model, the focus of the ABF is law enforcement and border protection on behalf of the Australian community.


The program equips recruits with skills and knowledge to enable them to be disciplined, multi-skilled, team oriented and responsive to the operational needs of the ABF. The NSW BFORT Program operates for 12 months in Sydney utilising a combination of classroom based and on the job training. 


Upon graduation, BFORTS are promoted to Border Force Officer (APS3). The APS3 starting salary is $61,915 - $71,136 + 15.4% Superannuation. Graduate Border Force Officers are then deployed to operational areas in support of the ABF mission which is to protect Australia's border and enable legitimate travel and trade.


Please visit our website for more information about the Department of Home Affairs or Australian Border Force or Entry level - Border Force Officer Recruit (



Our ideal candidate


  • Uses critical thinking skills to analyse issues and develop reasoned conclusions based on a reasoned process
  • Manage self and complete tasks within set timeframes, monitor own progress and seek feedback on results
  • Be comfortable dealing with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, sensitive to differences of  language, gender, religion etc., while managing interactions with respect and courtesy at all times
  • Display the highest levels of integrity while using sound judgement and decision making 
  • Ability to apply and be accountable for a law enforcement approach within a prescribed set of principles and delegated authority. 


Duties and responsibilities


  • BFORTS are required to attend training at a range of locations, participate in on-the-job training and apply learned skills by participating in a series of work placements
  • Perform multiple roles in a dynamic team environment of changing circumstances while working collaboratively in a law enforcement and border protection environment to process high volumes of passengers at air and sea ports
  • BFORTS must maintain constant awareness of relevant obligations and risks involved in:
    • contact with travellers/clients/detainees
    • use of mobile and static detection technology including x-ray
    • handling or testing of hazardous materials and chemicals
    • noise hazards
  • lifting baggage/boxes, unpacking and packing cargo, dealing with difficult clients and/or detainees from a range of backgrounds, using personal protection and defence equipment in a Use of Force context, including being armed where operational requirements demand, embarking and disembarking vessels at berths and at sea, using equipment and tools for examination purposes, an example would be drills.


Additional information


These roles may require: 

  • Interstate and/or international travel
  • Business hours/Shift work
  • Travel to and from different locations by all modes of transport
  • Working in challenging environmental conditions (such as hot, cold, humid, wet or dry)
  • Operational Readiness Assessment (medical and fitness) BFORTS must maintain requisite standards of physical fitness and apply use of force principles safely and effectively when required
  • Recruits must successfully complete all elements of the training and probationary requirements.


These jobs are located in NSW. If you are interested in applying and reside in other States or Territories, we will take your relocation preference into consideration however you will be required to permanently relocate at your own expense. 



How to apply


Before you apply please visit - Entry level - Border Force Officer Recruit ( to ensure you have a full understanding of the Border Force Officer role and it's requirements.


You are not required to provide a written application for this role. Please submit your CV through the Home Affairs’ recruitment system (ourPeople) before the closing date on 02/10/2023 at 11:59pm (midnight) AEDT – Late applications will not be accepted.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete an online capability assessment. This could measure Cognitive Aptitude, Personality or, Emotional Intelligence.


For more information about Criteria aptitude testing including tips on how to prepare please visit


Please note candidates found suitable in the online capability assessment may be requested to undertake a video interview and /or work sample test using a digital interviewing platform.


**If you are of First Nations heritage, please apply through GAZ - APS2 - NSW - Border Force Officer Recruit (BFORT) - First Nations (Affirmative Measures)(129293), evidence of heritage is required.**




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).


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.


Technical assistance


Internal applicants with technical enquiries can log a ticket through the Support Connect portal, send an email or call us



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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


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.