New Australian Border Force Commissioner sworn in

ABF Commissioner
Australian Border Force Commissioner Michael Outram sworn in by Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton.

Michael Outram APM has been sworn in as the Australian Border Force (ABF) Commissioner by The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, at a ceremony in Canberra on Monday 14 May 2018.

Big year for ABF

“In the last 12 months, the ABF has achieved a great deal. Our operational performance has been excellent—against a tide of increasing traveller and trade volumes; and in a difficult threat environment. At the same time, we have seamlessly established the ABF within the Home Affairs portfolio as an independent operational body,” Commissioner Outram said.

“Our people, operational capabilities and scope of functions at the border, place the ABF in an incredibly strong position for the future…When members of our community, industry, parliament or our partners see an ABF officer—whether in a facilitation, compliance or enforcement setting—I want them to think ‘that is a professional, disciplined, law enforcement officer.”

The Commissioner said the ABF will focus on three key priorities into the future: maintaining the integrity of the migration and visa system, the ABF’s role as Australia’s Customs Service and, of course, border protection.

Leadership needed

‘In Michael Outram we have somebody who… has proven to us he can provide the leadership required for this organisation in the 21st century. In the Commissioner we have somebody that instils the values that are reflected in the charter of the ABF. The Australian public needs leadership, it needs the organisation to perform well, and I’m confident that he can perform that task,’ Minister Dutton said.

Commissioner Outram brings to the ABF over 30 years of law enforcement experience in a diverse range of specialised areas, including community policing, covert operations, criminal intelligence, protective and major event security, public order management, and the investigation of terrorism, transnational organised crime, corruption and other serious crime types.

Commissioner Outram succeeds former ABF Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg, who was in mid-March dismissed from his post on the grounds of misbehaviour as a result of intervening to help his partner pursue a job with ABF, and failing to disclose his relationship with her.

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