Working with us

Our people are integral to achieving our mission to protect Australia’s border and manage the movement of people and goods across it.

We offer challenging and diverse careers that touch upon many parts of Australian life – industry and commerce, trade and travel, our national security, the protection of our community and the security of our offshore maritime resources and environment.

Our employees work in over 100 locations in Australia and outside Australia, across a range of interesting subject areas influenced by international and domestic developments.

Our success depends largely on our ability to foster the innovation, efforts and diverse skills of our people. We strive to create a motivating and rewarding working environment in which we value performance, our people, integrity, service and service standards.

We encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability and people from other diverse backgrounds. We are committed to providing a working environment that values diversity and inclusion and supports staff to reach their full potential.


To be eligible for engagement to the Australian Public Service (APS), candidates must be Australian citizens. However, in some limited circumstances, candidates who have permanent resident status may be offered employment pending the granting of citizenship. All employment opportunities advertised in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette are open to all Australians unless the employment opportunity is marked with a clover leaf symbol which indicates that the job is only open to employees of the APS.

People who have received a redundancy benefit from an APS Agency or the Australian Parliamentary Service are restricted from APS employment. For further information on how this may affect you please refer to the Australian Public Service Commission website.
If you are identified as the preferred applicant for a job, you will be required to undergo a number of pre-employment checks, which might include a police records check and health clearance.

Security and character requirements

We operate in a position of trust within the Australian community. Our employees are provided with significant powers to support the efficient and effective management of the Australian border.

To maintain the confidence of the Australian Government and the community, it is essential that all employees demonstrate and adhere to the highest standards of integrity and ethical behaviour - both in their official and private capacities.

Therefore, before you can work with us, you must obtain (and maintain for the duration of your employment or association with the Department) both of the following:

  • an Employment Suitability Clearance (ESC) – which assesses your suitability (from an integrity and character perspective) to work with or for us
  • a Commonwealth security clearance – which assesses your suitability to access classified Australian Government resources
    • Baseline level is required at a minimum. A higher level of security clearance could be required, depending on your specific role.

These processes can be intrusive in nature and could include (but is not limited to) detailed background, character, employment, police and financial checks.  An assessment of your suitability to be granted either clearance could be based, among other things, on advice from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and/or the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

If you do not already hold the required security clearance and/or ESC, we will send you the relevant security packs that must be completed and returned to us before you commence work.

Employment Suitability Clearance

More information about the Employment Suitability Clearance (ESC) is available. Before applying for a career with us, we encourage you to complete the Employment Suitabilty Self-Assessment.

Workplace diversity

We acknowledge that the diversity of our people is our greatest strength. We understand that a diverse workplace will have a greater understanding of its clients and the needs of the community.

As an organisation we endeavour to create an environment that values and utilises the contributions of people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.​​

For further information, see the Department’s Statement of Commitment—Workplace Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Gender Equality Action Plan 2017-20

The Department's Gender Equality Action Plan 2017-20 sets our commitment to sustained gender equality and ensures that best practice inclusion is embedded in our leadership and people management practices.