A career with us

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To become a Border Force Officer and protect our border and our community, you must be:

In addition to the above eligibility requirements, to apply for the Border Force Officer Recruit Traineeship (BFORT) you must:

  • be willing to complete Operational Safety Training and be willing to carry and use personal defence equipment, including a firearm, if required
  • have completed a Year 12 education, or Year 10 with a trade certificate or Year 10 with a Cert IV and/or equivalent
  • be prepared to meet our requirements as outlined below.

Meet our requirements

​To work as a Border Force Officer you will need to:

  • be operationally ready (by attaining and maintaining the medical, fitness and psychometric standards required for the role)

  • swear the ABF oath or affirmation
  • wear a uniform if the position requires
  • actively participate in career management (ABF postings and deployments)
  • be able to be deployed at short notice across a range of operational domains

 You may also be required to complete a working with children or vulnerable persons check.

Medical, fitness and psychometric standards

For general recruitment, you must meet the ABF medical requirements to be deemed operationally ready.

You must undergo the ABF Medical Assessment with a suitably qualified medical practitioner, contracted by the Department of Home Affairs, and receive certification that you have the minimum level of health required to safely carry out the duties of a Border Force Officer.

You must also successfully complete the ABF’s Basic Fitness Assessment which will test your upper and lower body strength, core stability and aerobic capacity.

A number of our roles require increased medical, fitness and psychological standards. To be recruited to these roles, you will need to successfully complete a Functional Fitness Assessment which will include a test of your flexibility, agility, strength, balance, coordination, power, speed and endurance. These roles include:

  • Border Force Officer Recruit Traineeship
  • positions requiring Use of Force
  • Marine Unit roles requiring a current Australian Maritime Safety Authority Certificate of Medical Fitness
  • Operational Safety Training Instructors, and
  • other roles as determined by the ABF

We may also require you to undergo periodic re-assessment.

ABF oath or affirmation

You will take an oath or affirmation when you are sworn in as a Border Force Officer. This reaffirms your commitment to uphold our values and behaviours and execute your duties according to law, while upholding our reputation.