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AUSTRALIAN BORDER FORCE ACT 2015 - SECT 3

Simplified outline of this Act

•       There is an Australian Border Force within the Department.

•       There is to be an Australian Border Force Commissioner of the Australian Border Force, who is to have the control of the operations of the Australian Border Force.

•       The Australian Border Force Commissioner and APS employees in the Australian Border Force are able to exercise powers under the Customs Act 1901 , the Migration Act 1958 , the Maritime Powers Act 2013 and other Commonwealth laws.

•       The Australian Border Force Commissioner may give directions to Immigration and Border Protection workers to do with the administration and control of the operations of the Australian Border Force or the performance of functions or exercise of powers by such workers under a law of the Commonwealth.

•       There are resignation and termination provisions that apply to all APS employees in the Department in circumstances involving serious misconduct.

•       All Immigration and Border Protection workers may be required to undergo an alcohol screening test, an alcohol breath test, an alcohol blood test or a prohibited drug test.

•       There are secrecy and disclosure provisions covering information obtained by the Secretary, the Australian Border Force Commissioner and Immigration and Border Protection workers.

•       The Secretary may give directions to Immigration and Border Protection workers to do with the administration and control of the Department or the performance of functions or exercise of powers by such workers under a law of the Commonwealth.



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