The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has been cooperating with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for over 18 months assisting with their operations against organised crime at the border.
This cooperation culminated in the arrest and charging of a DAFF (formerly known as AQIS) officer on 19 December 2012.
The department is treating this incident very seriously. The officer has been suspended without pay, and will remain suspended until a verdict is delivered by the court.
The alleged actions of this officer do not imply a systematic or widespread integrity problem within the department.
Prior to the arrest on 19 December, DAFF was advised by the AFP that the officer now arrested was the only DAFF officer targeted in these operations.
As at 21 December, DAFF has also been advised by the NSW Police acting Commander of Operation Polaris that Operation Polaris does not have any other current investigations involving DAFF employees.
DAFF has no further comment as the matter is now before the court.