Temporary Employment Register - Assistant Border Force Officer (NSW)

Job Req ID

ABF - 128808






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


Employment Type

Non Ongoing (Temporary), Casual/Intermittent 


Flexible work



Contact Officer



Applications close on 30/06/2024 at 11:59pm AEST (midnight) - Late applications will not be accepted.


About our opportunity


This process is being used to fill up to 1 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


Regional Operations | Ac East | | Trade & Travel East | Various


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.


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



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.




Duties and 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.

  • Obtain and maintain a driver's licence 



How to apply


Submit your application and CV through the Home Affairs’ recruitment system (ourPeople) before the closing date on 30/06/2024 at 11:59pm (midnight) AEDT – Late applications will not be accepted.


As part of your application you will be required to prepare and submit a one-page applicant response document in relation to the advertised role, outlining:


Please tell us in approximately half a page, why you would like to work as an APS 2 Assistant Border Force Officer.


Applicant response documents must be a minimum 11pt font in MSWord or PDF format, include your full name and the Requisition Number - 128808 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 to 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 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


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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.