Who we are

​​​We are Australia's frontline border law enforcement agency and customs service. We are an operationally independent body within the Home Affairs portfolio.

Our mission is to protect Australia's border and enable legitimate travel and trade.

Our vision is to be a global leader in border law enforcement and trusted partner that helps build a safe, secure and prosperous Australia.

We aim to facilitate the movement of people and goods across the border. We work closely with other agencies to share knowledge, expertise and intelligence in order to detect, deter and prosecute those who attempt to do us harm at the border. The work we do contributes to safeguarding Australia's national security.

Operational Safety Order

The ABF’s Operational Safety Order (2021) sets out the ABF operational safety and use of force practice, reporting, training, assessment, qualification and administration requirements. This Order gives effect to the policy of the ABF for the use of reasonable force and its implementation. It is designed to ensure that BFOs effectively manage the response to conflict or potential conflict situations using the ABF Use of Force Model and Operational Safety Principles stipulated within the Order. For further information, see ​Operational Safety Order​.