Text of bill | Explanatory memoranda | Second reading speeches | Proposed amendments | Schedules of amendments | Bills Digest

Bills of the current Parliament

Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of bills homepages, the authoritative sources for verifying the progress of bills are the House of Representatives Votes and Proceedings and the Journals of the Senate.

Australian Border Force Bill 2015

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Senate
Immigration and Border Protection


Introduced with the Customs and Other Legislation Amendment (Australian Border Force) Bill 2015, the bill: establishes the statutory office and role of the Australian Border Force (ABF) Commissioner; provides for the exercise of powers of the commissioner and the ABF employees; provides for the issue of binding written directions in relation to the administration and control of the ABF and the department respectively, and the performance of functions or exercise of powers; provides the ability to require immigration and border protection workers to undergo alcohol and prohibited drug screening tests; establishes secrecy and disclosure provisions; and provides for the management of serious misconduct by employees.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 25/02/15  
Second reading moved 25/02/15  
Second reading debate 24/03/15  
Second reading debate 25/03/15  
Second reading agreed to 25/03/15  
Third reading agreed to 25/03/15  
Introduced and read a first time 25/03/15  
Second reading moved 25/03/15  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (05/03/2015): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Report due 07/05/2015
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees