Mandy Newton APM was sworn in as the Deputy Commissioner, Support of the Australian Border Force (ABF) on 3 April 2017.
Mandy joined the Department of Immigration and Border Protection after a 28 year career in law enforcement and policing with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Mandy is responsible for delivering operational continuity through planning, support and training to bring to affect the ABF's operational outcomes. This includes the monitoring of customs and immigration compliance, delivery of specialist maritime capabilities as well as the implementation and development of the operational workforce function. Additionally, Mandy leads the operational support for detention, including health and estate management, the wellbeing of children, community programmes and settlement services in addition to the offshore regional processing activities including the Manus Island decommissioning.
Prior to joining the ABF, Mandy was Assistant Commissioner, People, Safety and Security at the AFP — where she was responsible for security of the AFP and its staff, integrity and internal investigations, as well as health and human resource management.
In her 11 years as an Assistant Commissioner, Mandy led and managed national security as well as national and international investigation portfolios. This included overseeing the AFP's International Deployment Group; tactical response and maritime capabilities, economic, financial crime and special operations. Mandy has also managed the AFP's 24-hour operations centre, governance and major technology programmes, as well as its media, marketing and ministerial groups. Significantly, in 2006, Mandy developed the AFP's Aviation Portfolio at major airports across Australia.
Additionally, Mandy held the position of Deputy Chief Police Officer within ACT Policing, has private sector experience working with ACTEW, and was an Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office.
For her distinguished involvement in Aviation Security and the Canberra Bushfires, Mandy was recognised for her leadership and contribution with an Australian Police Medal and National Police Service Medal respectively.