Communique

​23 January 2012

Developing a closer, more collaborative working relationship with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs) is one of the ways in which the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is reforming Australia’s broader biosecurity system. By working in partnership, sharing information and clearly defining biosecurity expectations, biosecurity risks can be better managed.

DAFF’s Secretary, Dr Conall O’Connell and Customs’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Carmody jointly signed the Memorandum of Understanding between Customs and DAFF (biosecurity) on 21 July 2011.

The MOU is a principles-based document which underpins the strategic working relationship between the two agencies. It seeks to ensure that both agencies continue to look for opportunities to improve effectiveness and efficiency in managing common border protection and biosecurity functions.

Over the past six months annexes have been developed which address shared approaches to specific business areas. The intention of these annexes is to identify potential areas for further collaboration and develop frameworks to facilitate these working relationships. This further enables a whole-of-government approach to border operations.

These annexes will be available on the DAFF website over the coming months.

Available annexes are listed on the website