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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Page: 8628

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service: Staffing

(Question No. 956)


Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Home Affairs, in writing, on 22 March 2012:

Is it current policy of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs) to regularly rotate staff working in front line international (a) mail, (b) air freight, and (c) sea freight/cargo, screening areas; if so, (i) how often are staff rotated, and (ii) what is the longest time period that a single Customs employee has been continually employed on mail/freight/cargo screening duties.


Mr Clare: The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Customs and Border Protection has an organisational mobility policy, the Mobility Practice Statement that facilitates the movement of personnel between work areas. Mobility processes are conducted at a regional level to meet Customs and Border Protection’s operational requirements.

Since re-institution of the policy in August 2011, mobility processes have been conducted in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. The policy specifies that mobility processes will be undertaken in each region at the discretion of the respective Regional Senior Management Group (RSMG) and will be driven by identified business requirements and employee considerations.

Customs and Border Protection does not record data in a way that would readily allow answers to be provided on the length of service of individuals in particular work areas. To attempt to provide this level of detail would involve an unreasonable diversion of resources.