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Minister for Justice & Customs

Senator the Hon. Amanda Vanstone

Senator for South Australia



Thursday 25 March1999


Customs Visitors Sign of International Co-operation

Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today welcomed representatives from customs organisations from 15 countries, including Australia, who have begun a four-week international executive management program in Canberra. The program is part of building international co-operation between law enforcement agencies.

Participants come from Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam and St Lucia (as a representative of the Caribbean Customs Law Council). 


Coordinated by the Australian Customs Service, it is the 11th annual course of its kind to be held here. The program involves a variety of activities including leadership and teamwork sessions covering practical and theoretical issues in a customs context. The theme for this year is "The key to success in a changing global environment".

Senator Vanstone said the international management program was very important in promoting cooperation within the region and in fostering development with other customs organisations.

She said: "Customs organisations have an important role in the economic growth of their respective countries. The challenge is to balance the facilitation of legitimate travel and trade with community and revenue protection.

"Because community and business expectations of regulatory authorities are increasing, there is pressure to simplify procedures and harmonise data requirements to agreed international standards.

"There has to be greater emphasis on effectiveness and efficiency through the use of information technology, the use of management tools and techniques and international cooperation.

"The Australian Customs Service is leading the way in working towards these important goals and this program is an effective and tangible way of achieving this on an international scale".



Minister available through Kevin Donnellan 0419 400 078