Partnerships in Biosecurity

DAFF-Customs Memorandum of Understanding

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service establishes the framework for how the two agencies work together.

DAFF and Customs and Border Protection officers work side-by-side at Australia’s airports, seaports and mail centres supporting legitimate trade and travel and protecting the Australian community from a range of border and biosecurity risks. 

The MOU was signed at an official ceremony in Canberra on 21 July 2011 by DAFF’s Secretary, Dr Conall O’Connell and the Customs and Border Protection’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Carmody.

The MOU underpins the strategic working relationship between the two agencies where collaborative cooperation will identify opportunities to improve our effectiveness and efficiency in managing our common border protection and biosecurity functions.

The agreement supports the spirit of collaboration, cooperation and our commitment to working together.

The MOU describes the relationship between the two agencies and the agreed working principles seeking:

  • Community confidence
  • Integration
  • Capability maximisation
  • Coordination
  • Global and regional partnerships.

Communiqué - 23 January 2012

Several annexes to the MOU, covering specific joint activities follow: 

Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service