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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 174

Department of Immigration and Border Protection: Staff Uniforms

(Question No 1575)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, in writing, on 12 October 2015:

In respect of the $10,845.00 tender to Spearpoint Solutions and Technology for uniforms (CN3202392),

(a) can he provide details of

   (i) the country of manufacture,

   (ii) the number of products ordered,

   (iii) the cost per item unit, and

   (iv) any other details about manufacture and/or cost, and

(b) how will these uniforms enhance the operation of the Australian Border Force.

Mr Dutton: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection ordered 1500 small ABF Crest velcro badges. These velcro badges are worn on ballistics vests and identify that the officers wearing these are performing our important border protection role.

The badges were purchased through Spearpoint Solutions and Technology, a small local company in Queanbeyan, owned and operated by war veterans. The badges were manufactured in South Africa. The supplier was selected on the basis that it could deliver the items in the available timeframe before the commencement of the ABF on 1 July 2015.

The cost per item was $6.57 GST exclusive.

The Department is satisfied with the quality of these badges and they reflect the professional appearance of our officers.