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Department of Home Affairs
Position Level: 
APS Level 2
$49,321 - $55,487
Canberra ACT, Sydney NSW, Melbourne VIC, Hobart TAS, Brisbane Queensland, Darwin NT, Adelaide SA, Perth WA
Job type: 
Closing date: 
1 March 2020
To event remaining 10 days

Key duties

Border Force Officer Recruit Training (BFORT) Program is an intensive twelve-month training program designed to prepare you for a career in the Australian Border Force (ABF).

You will undertake a mix of classroom-based training (instructional phase) and on-the-job training (operational phase). Successful completion of all modules is essential to ensure you are able to graduate as a Border Force Officer.

The instructional phase is face-to-face at an ABF College campus. The location will be determined pending operational demand.

During the operational phase, you could be posted into a range of areas including Port Operations Command, Border Patrol and Coordination Command, and Enforcement Command to complete your training.

If you are interested in a Marine Tactical Officer role you are required to complete the BFORT program before undertaking a 16-week marine-specific training program. For more information on the requirements to be a Marine Tactical Officer visit our website.

Upon successful completion of both phases you will graduate as an Australian Public Service Level 3 (APS3) Border Force Officer (General Duties).

For more information about the training program, including the recruitment process, pay and conditions and videos about opportunities visit the Border Force website.

We are looking for people who can:

  • Be multi-skilled, mobile, agile and responsive
  • Commit to our values and behaviours, maintaining a high level of integrity and professionalism
  • Commit to developing their skills and knowledge
  • Work in a law enforcement environment
  • Use critical thinking, sound judgement, and be prepared to take reasonable and necessary actions
  • Commit to community engagement and protection as well as client service.

Our work is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may be required to undertake shift work as part of your role. Busy periods tend to align with peak travel periods, including school holidays and Australian events. Opportunities for officers to take leave during peak periods may be limited.

Find out more about a day in the life of a Border Force Officer.


To be eligible to apply for the BFORT program you must be (at the time of applying):

  • An Australian citizen
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have completed a Year 12 education, or Year 10 with a trade certificate or a Cert IV and/or equivalent or have relevant work experience
  • Able to obtain and maintain the required AGSVA clearance
  • Able to obtain and maintain a current Employment Suitability Clearance
  • Able to obtain and maintain relevant medical, fitness and psychometric standards
  • Willing to meet the requirements of a Border Force Officer, be prepared to complete Operational Safety Training and carry and use personal defence equipment, including a firearm (if required).


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

If you are experiencing problems submitting your application online, please email the nature of the issues you are experiencing to recruitment@homeaffairs.gov.au. A response will be sent during business hours.

If you have questions about the BFORT program or application process please email BFORT@hoban.com.au call 1300 109 166.

Due to the essential requirements of these positions, the RecruitAbility scheme will not apply. Adjustments to the medical and fitness for this role cannot be adjusted.

If you are a current employee and will not have access to your departmental email during the process of this requisition, please apply using a personal email address.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people.

1300 109 166
Position number: 
JR 69278