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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 176

Canberra Rubber Stamps and Signs: Tender

(Question No. 1578)

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

In respect of the $38,280.00 tender to Canberra Rubber Stamps and Signs for 'Promotional material for Border Force' (CN3287366):

(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 products enhance the operation of the Australian Border Force.

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

(a) Details:

   (i) The promotional material was manufactured in Australia.

   (ii) 800 units of 1.6mm thick outdoor aluminium sign panels (600 units of 450mm x 600mm, and 200 units of 400mm x 300mm) were produced.

   (iii) The cost per item unit was $49.50 for the larger signs, and $42.90 (inc GST) for the smaller signs.

   (iv) There are no further details relevant to the manufacture and/or cost of these items.

(b) On 1 July 2015, Border Watch became the newly integrated Department of Immigration and Border Protection's hotline for members of the public to report specious border activities. Due to the rebranding of the Border Watch program as a result of the integration of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, new promotional material was required.

The signs promote the Border Watch phone number and URL at appropriate remote and coastal locations around Australia so people can report suspicious border activities. Community and industry awareness of this program, and the resulting reports of suspicious activities, have directly supported Australian Border Force operations, and led to the detection and seizure of dangerous drugs or other prohibited imports such as illegal firearms.