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Australian Border Force at Perth Airport

24 May, 2016
Smart gate

Australia has one of the largest and most challenging border environments in the world. Our border includes approximately 37,000 kilometres of coastline, much of which is in remote regions, eight major international airports, more than 60 international seaports, and an offshore exclusive economic zone covering 10 million square kilometres of ocean.


To help tackle the challenges facing Australia’s border, on 1 July 2015 the Australian Border Force (ABF) was established within the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The ABF is Australia’s first dedicated border protection service agency and brings together all of the operational functions of the former Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Department of Immigration.

Working alongside the Department’s global visa and citizenship delivery functions, ABF officers manage the flow of people and goods across the border while simultaneously managing threats to community safety, social cohesion, biosecurity and national security.

ABF officers also work with a range of other agencies including the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australian Federal Police and the Attorney-General’s Department to ensure threats are dealt with at, or before, they reach the border.

ABF officers at Perth Airport are part of a national network that is active across Australian airports and seaports. ABF capabilities at Perth Airport include Counter Terrorism and Detector Dog Units that are dedicated to tackling the growing threat of organised crime and terrorism at our border. You can find Perth Airport ABF officers at Terminal 1 International, Australia Post and Air Cargo. ABF officers in Perth have the challenge of managing one of Australia’s busiest borders with about four million passenger movements each year. Officers are on call 24/7 to manage Perth Airport’s challenging and dynamic border.

To support the passenger demand at Perth Airport the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will install nine SmartGates at Perth Airport’s the T1 International outbound Immigration area. This project is a highly collaborative effort between the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Perth Airport.

SmartGates perform the checks usually conducted by an ABF officer and uses facial biometric technology to confirm the identity of the traveller. They allow legitimate, law-abiding travellers to be facilitated more efficiently and with less manual intervention, leaving ABF officers to focus their attention on travellers who pose a risk to the border.

For further information on the Australian Border Force, please click here.