About this event
Australian Border Force Commissioner, Michael Outram APM, joins ASPI Executive Director Peter Jennings in conversation.
While traveller numbers into Australia have plummeted in 2020, air and sea cargo has increased, placing extra pressure on ABF screening processes. COVID-19 hasn’t reduced the omnipresent threats of people smugglers, illegal fishing, terrorism, piracy, and the movement of prohibited goods such as narcotics. The pandemic has simply forced criminals to adapt their business models.
ABF Commissioner, Michael Outram, will detail how his agency has responded to this unprecedented challenge, and how the ABF has rapidly adapted itself to keep up with, and ultimately get ahead of, those who would do Australia harm.
Michael Outram APM, Commissioner of the Australian Border Force
Michael is responsible for protecting Australia’s national borders; fostering lawful cross-border trade and travel in conjunction with Australia’s customs and border policy settings and the onshore immigration detention network. Michael oversees a range of complex capabilities and assets, including a fleet of ocean-going patrol vessels, systems to manage people and goods at border entry and exit points, investigations into serious organised fraud of Australia’s visa system and exploitation of illegal workers.
Michael is responsible for protecting Australia’s national borders; fostering lawful cross-border trade and travel in conjunction with Australia’s customs and border policy settings and the onshore immigration detention network.
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