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The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton announced today that the first Commissioner of the Australian Border Force (ABF) will be Mr Roman Quaedvlieg APM.

Mr Quaedvlieg will be sworn in as the inaugural Commissioner at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday, 1 July 2015.

From 1 July, the ABF, as the operational arm of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, will be the nation’s primary border protection agency. Under the ABF, Australia will have a tougher approach to immigration compliance and an intelligence-led targeting regime focused on networks seeking to breach our border.

Mr Quaedvlieg will lead a world-class organisation of dedicated men and women committed to the highest possible ethical and professional standards, and to keeping Australia as safe, secure, and economically competitive as possible. From visa over-stayers and unscrupulous migration agents to narcotic traffickers and people smugglers, the ABF will target and disrupt a range of threats to our border and our way of life.

As ABF Commissioner, Mr Quaedvlieg will work closely with the Secretary of the Department; ensuring that the operational and policy aspects of Australia’s border protection are joined at the highest levels.

Mr Quaedvlieg has provided exceptional leadership as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) since October 2014; prior to that Mr Quaedvlieg was ACBPS’ Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Border Enforcement.

On behalf of the Government and Australian people, I congratulate Mr Quaedvlieg on his appointment and wish him well in this important role.

Biography of Mr Roman Quaedvlieg

Roman Quaedvlieg has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service since October 2014.

Mr Quaedvlieg first began with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in May 2013, after being appointed the Deputy Chief Executive Officer Border Enforcement.

Prior to his appointment with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Mr Quaedvlieg was the Chief Police Officer of ACT Policing, the community policing arm of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Mr Quaedvlieg arrived at the AFP in 2005 and assumed the position of Manager Economic Operations, with responsibility for financial and economic investigations including money-laundering, large-scale fraud against the Commonwealth, proceeds of crime recovery, identity crime enforcement, and the management of the Oil-for-Food Task Force.

In 2007, Mr Quaedvlieg was promoted to Assistant Commissioner at the AFP and assumed responsibility for Border Operations, which encompassed investigations of major drug importation and trafficking, people-smuggling activity, sexual servitude, and child sex tourism offences. Mr Quaedvlieg has also performed the role of National Manager Aviation (at the Assistant Commissioner level) and was the AFP Chief of Staff for a period of time, a role which incorporated responsibility for the governance mechanisms of the AFP, including Ministerial Liaison, National Media and Marketing, Legal Services, Professional Standards, Recognition and Ceremonial, and Executive Services.

Prior to his appointment with the AFP, Mr Quaedvlieg undertook a three year appointment with the Australian Crime Commission in an executive role, with responsibilities for the transition of the former National Crime Authority to the Commission.

A career police officer, Mr Quaedvlieg served as a sworn member of the Queensland Police Service for 15 years, where he performed duties in a range of positions investigating and managing serious and organised criminal activity.

In 2000, he undertook a development tenure in the private sector by completing a two-year executive contract with a major airline group operating in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr Quaedvlieg has a Bachelor of Justice from the Queensland University of Technology, and is undertaking a Master of Business Administration at the Melbourne Business School. He was awarded an Australian Police Medal in 2011 for serving the Australian community with distinction, particularly in the areas of police operations and administration.
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