APS4 - NT/QLD - Leading Border Force Officer

Home Affairs

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Update day: 05-05-2022

Location: Darwin

Category: Other


Job type: Full Time

Salary: $69k - $75k

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Applications close: Sunday 20 March 2022 at 11:59pm (midnight) - AEDT. 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 Branch and Sections:

Operations North (Ops North) is accountable to North and Detention Command for the conduct of efficient and effective customs, migration, surveillance, patrol and response activities in Northern Australia’s remote onshore and littoral operating domains. Ops North is responsible for maintaining control of persons, goods, vessels and small-craft through activities in Northern Region’s in-shore maritime environment outside of seaport limits.

Ops North delivers functions through border enforcement and operational activities on cross-border movements of people and goods in a number of operational areas, including international airports, seaports, and cargo facilities. Ops North plays a vital role processing travellers and goods to protect Northern Australia’s border from the entry of illegal and harmful goods, and those intending to commit migration fraud or threaten the national interest. These activities include processing travellers and goods arriving and departing Australia outside of major metropolitan airports and seaports, such as vessels and small-craft at remote seaports, and light aircraft at regional airfields.

About the Role:

There are a number of current and expected vacant positions at the Leading Border Force Officer (APS 4) level in Operations North. They are a mixture of designated and non-designated border force officer positions that are critical to the day-to-day management of operational activities. There are numerous sections within Operations North where vacancies may be available:

Chief of Staff (CoS)

Chief of Staff (CoS) has a critical role in supporting the Commander by fostering a culture of professionalism, collaboration and a positive work environment. The section is responsible for executive and command coordination, governance, workforce planning and capability.

Border Operations

Border Operations (BO) is responsible as the functional lead for identifying, managing, coordinating and completing administrative functions related to border enforcement and operational activities on cross-border movements of people and goods across numerous areas, including seaports, cargo and international airports.

Aviation Operations

Aviation Operations (AO) is responsible for the effective management, coordination and delivery of border enforcement and operational activities on cross-border movements of people and goods across numerous areas, with a particular focus on international airports, seaports and cargo operations. Within Border Enforcement teams there will be specific Border Clearance Officer (BCO) roles offered at the APS 4 level.

APS 4’s are expected to obtain certificate IV in Training and Assessment to undertake the role of Competency Assessment and Training Officer (CATO) and instructor roles when required.

Operational Planning & Support

Operational Planning and Support (OP&S) coordinate, prioritise and deliver operational effects via a deliberate planning framework that strives to enhance the roles and responsibilities performed by Ops North.

The primary planning focus of the team remains with supporting OVERARCH and Project OUTMASTER (OUTMASTER), as these lay the foundation for our remote patrol program as well as broader tasks that include coordinated responses to border related threats and incidents, Port Operation functions (including District Offices) through to maintaining situational awareness across Ops North complex area of responsibility. In doing so, Ops North regional-specific activities and contributions to national operations are captured via our 24/7 Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) reporting and directed through the national framework (National Coordination Unit / Australian Border Operations Centre).

Finally, OP&S coordinate with inter-agency partners on countering unauthorised maritime/air movements and serious organised crime, while maintaining an emphasis on indigenous community engagement and joint remote area/border patrols (including those in partnership with our Papua New Guinea (PNG) counterparts in vicinity of the Torres Strait). As such, the OP&S team represent Ops North and the ABF at various joint agency law enforcement and/or border security forums such as the PNG-Australian Customs Forum, North Queensland Joint Operations Group, the NT Joint Organised Crime Taskforce and MBC led Joint Inter-Agency Planning Groups to further ABF’s working relationships within these multi-agency settings.

Field, Investigations, Removal and Monitoring

The Field, Investigations, Removals and Monitoring (FIRM) incorporates the previous Enforcement Command functions being Field Compliance, Investigations, Removals and Sponsor Monitoring. With a focus on collaboration with partner agencies to coordinate and conduct routine and complex criminal and civil investigations that contravene Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory Legislation.

These functions are being reintroduced in the regional areas, and for the first time executive leadership of this function is the responsibility of Ops North. As such, significant preparation and training is required in order to ensure officers hold the correct qualifications and have the required experience coupled with ensuring that practices undertaken are consistent with national approaches.

Our Ideal Candidate

Operations North is a dynamic and high profile environment that reflects the diversity of the ABF. All APS4s in the ABF are expected to demonstrate a wide range of capabilities and the role requires officers to:

  • Live and promote our values and behaviours in all that you say, do, prioritise and recognise
  • Identify and respectfully challenge misaligned behaviours
  • Take ownership to deliver individual and team results
  • Take ownership of, and be accountable for, decisions and actions
  • Build and sustain collaborative relationships with team members and stakeholders
  • Understand ABF, Departmental, Portfolio and government priorities
  • Communicate clearly and transparently and encourage the same of others
  • Identify and respond to risks
  • Be diverse, agile and able to adapt to changing threats and priorities
  • Develop professional knowledge and skills to work across different tasks and projects
  • Display integrity, high-ethical standards and maintains confidentiality and discretion within a high risk environment
  • Maintain professional boundaries and standards;
  • Display resilience
  • Demonstrate leadership.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, coordination and planning skills
  • Operational knowledge of the working environments;
  • Stakeholder engagement, relationship management and negotiation skills, both written and verbal;
  • Leadership and change management skills
  • Understanding of relevant legislation and ABF capabilities.

Role Requirements/Qualifications:

Some positions within the Australian Border Force require the occupant to meet Border Force Officer essential qualifications. If successful for one of these positions, candidates are required to:

  • Attain and maintain relevant medical, fitness and psychometric standards
  • Swear an oath or make an affirmation
  • Actively participate in career management (postings and deployments either intra or interstate)
  • Be uniformed if the position requires.

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 prepare a one page Applicant Response (Statement of Claims) in relation to the advertised role, taking into considering the specific duties, position requirements, work level standards and capabilities.

Your written application will be assessed against the following capabilities:

  • Contributes to strategic thinking
  • Supports productive working relationships
  • Communicates with influence.

The information provided in your application must demonstrate how you meet the three core capability clusters against the requirements of the job as described.

Advice to Applicants: If you are unfamiliar with applying for APS jobs, the Australian Public Service Commission’s fact sheet on applying for jobs may be useful: Applying for an APS Job: Cracking the Code. Please refer to the STAR model when shaping your responses.

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
  • A copy of your qualification
  • Include your full name and the Requisition Number - 103424 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).

To be eligible to work in some roles, you may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 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.

Technical Assistance

If you are experiencing problems submitting your application online, please email the nature of the issues you are experiencing to Recruitment () including screen captures if necessary. A response will be sent during business hours.


Remuneration: The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position.

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 https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us/careers

If you have identified as having a disability, please indicate whether you require any support throughout the selection process. For further information please contact Recruitment:

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