The first recruits to complete the training to become Australian Border Force (ABF) officers will be deployed to roles throughout New South Wales after celebrating their graduation in Sydney today.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton attended the graduation ceremony and congratulated the 16 graduates of the ABF recruit training programme.
Mr Dutton said these new officers will contribute to Australia's national security, community safety and economic prosperity through their work.
"As frontline officers, these recruits will play an important role in developing relationships with the Australian public and industry. They will work closely with other government agencies to also help stop the unlawful movement of people and goods across the border," Mr Dutton said.
The ABF received approximately 3,000 applications during the first intake. Of this, 105 recruits were selected and they are currently going through the ABF College. These recruits will undergo an extensive 12-month training programme to equip them to perform a range of duties across Australia’s airports, seaports, land and maritime jurisdictions.
These officers have received training on the full range of legislative obligations the ABF and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection administer. The training also exposes them to operational search and safety techniques, including in the use of force where it may be required in performing their role.
The graduates will now commence a six-month period of structured work placements in order to cement their training in a practical way before undertaking their first full-time posting from July 2016.
"These graduates should be exceptionally proud of their achievement and we are pleased to welcome them to the Australian Border Force," Mr Dutton said.