The diversity of our people is our greatest strength. A diverse workforce leads to a better understanding of our clients and the needs of the community.
The Australian Border Force (ABF) values and welcomes the contributions of all of our people— from a range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
We encourage applications from people with different cultural backgrounds, race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Our Statement of Commitment—Workplace Equality, Diversity and Inclusion outlines our approach.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ABF
The ABF is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
In addition to comprehensive training and development, your career will include various work placements across the ABF and support to help you realise your full potential.
We support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to achieve their career goals with:
- an Indigenous Employment Strategy
- cultural leave provisions
- an Indigenous Staff Support Network (ISSN)
- a mentor and buddy program for new recruits to the Australian Public Services
We have a strong commitment to protect our country. Working as a frontline officer for the ABF is an opportunity for you to help us protect our people and our land.
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Women in the ABF
The ABF is a great career choice for women. We actively encourage greater representation of women among our frontline workforce, and in particular, an increased presence in the Senior Executive Service.
Our Gender Equality Action Plan 2017-20 outlines our commitment to sustained gender equality. It ensures that we embed best-practice inclusion in our leadership and people management practices.
We offer all employees flexible working arrangements, leave entitlements and facilities that allow you to balance your professional and personal responsibilities, including carer's responsibilities.
All officers are able to access generous parental leave entitlements in accordance with the DIBP Enterprise Agreement 2011-2014 (2MB PDF). This includes return to work arrangements that allow new parents to recommence duties in a supportive and flexible manner.
We have a range of workplace initiatives to support breastfeeding while at work, including access to breastfeeding facilities, flexible working arrangements and lactation breaks. These requirements are consistent with the recommendations of the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
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People with disability in the ABF
The ABF is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with a disability.
Our Disability Action Plan 2016-20 (584KB PDF) shows our commitment to better support our employees and clients with disability, and those who care for a person with disability. It will help us build relationships, create new opportunities, and provide accessible workplaces that allow everyone to fully participate.
We have a reasonable adjustment policy that covers all aspects of employment (including the recruitment process). You can advise in your application if you need additional support or reasonable adjustments to participate in the interview process. If successful in the recruitment process you can work with your supervisor to make sure any reasonable adjustments required are in place to support you once you commence employment.
Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make reasonable adjustment for a person's disability. We support equity in employment, have a workforce from culturally diverse backgrounds, and we select employees on the basis of merit, measured against specified job criteria. More information on this policy can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Due to the operational nature of our work, some roles have mandatory criteria that cannot be adjusted including medical, fitness and psychometric requirements. Information on the requirements of positions will be listed in their job descriptions.
We have a Focus on Ability Network that is chaired by the Department’s disability champions. The network meets on a quarterly basis and provides an opportunity for staff to meet in an informal and friendly environment, encouraging information sharing, while fostering meaningful relationships. The network is open to anyone interested in advocating for people with disability and fostering a culture of inclusion and equality.
We have a gold membership with the Australian Network on Disability. The Australian Network on Disability provides a range of services to us including hosting confidential, informal lunchbox meetings for staff with disability on a quarterly basis throughout the year.
For more information about working in the Australian Border Force with a disability please contact ABF.Recruitment@abf.gov.au
Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex workplace inclusion
We are committed to providing a safe and supportive workplace for all lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) staff.
The LGBTI Staff and Allies Network, which is open to all staff, raises awareness and supports LGBTI inclusion in the workforce.
We are also a member of Pride in Diversity (PiD), Australia's first and only national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion.