As you may be aware, there are changes to the way we have been managing the border. On 1 July 2015, the new Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will be established and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (ACBPS) will cease.
The Australian Border Force will stand up as the operational and enforcement arm of the new Department. Its mandate will include enforcement of customs, immigration and offshore maritime laws as a part of the new Department.
This change will be visible from 1 July with a new brand, website at www.border.gov.au and new email addresses changing to @border.gov.au. Please ensure you have updated any bookmarks and saved email addresses.
Note: our 1800 06 1800 number remains your direct line to report suspicious behaviour and will not change.
We are expecting an announcement about the new name and brand for Customs Watch later in July. However, this is all that will change. The phone number, education and support programme will remain the same.
For more than 20 years this service has been helping to make Australia’s streets safer by stemming the flow of drugs, weapons and other prohibited goods across our borders.
Industry and community partners are integral to the success of Customs Watch. More than five per cent of all detections made are attributed to positive referrals to the Customs Watch programme.
Thank you for your valuable support of the Customs Watch programme. We look forward to continuing to working with you.
Joanne Cassell Coordinator Customs Watch Program | Operational Intelligence NSW
Operational Intelligence Branch | Intelligence Division
Australian Customs & Border Protection Service