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

Requisition Number: 117844
Position Number/s: Several
Classification: APS Level 2  
Location: NSW  
Division: Ac East  
Branch: Port Operations East  
Section: Operations and Planning  
Security Classification: Baseline Vetting 
Salary: $54,439.00 to $61,245.00  
Contact: Elke WEST
Period of Vacancy: Non ongoing 
Number of Vacancies: Several 


Applications close: Wednesday 26 July 2023 at 11:59pm (midnight) - AEST. 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 ABF:

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 areas operate seven (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 role:

Casual officers are employed with the ABF on an irregular and intermittent basis at the APS2 classification. They 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 such as processing passengers through the international airport/seaports, directing passengers and administrative tasks such as generating seizure notices. 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, 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 candidate:

The ABF is currently looking for flexible, adaptable and reliable people to undertake work on a casual basis, or on a part-time/full-time 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. Successful completion of training is a condition of employment.


Specific duties/responsibilities:

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

  • Are team players
  • Commit to our values and behaviours, maintaining a high level of integrity and professionalism
  • Have good communication skills
  • Represent the ABF in frontline operational areas, dealing directly with members of the public including foreign travellers
  • Perform duties in a fast-paced, high volume operating environment
  • Are professional and respectful
  • Commit to developing their skills and knowledge
  • Exercise lawful authority efficiently and appropriately
  • Are flexible and adaptable.


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 APS 2 Assistant Border Force Officer.

You will also be required to upload a current CV/Resume.


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


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 referees
  • Include your full name and the Requisition Number - 117844 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).
  • Maintain COVID vaccinations in line with AHPPC guidelines
  • 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.
  • Some roles require a drivers’ licence.


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.

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.


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



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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