The Australian Government announced changes to the immigration and border protection portfolio in relation to future border protection arrangements.
From 1 July 2015, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) will be consolidated into a single Department of Immigration and Border Protection. At this time, the Australian Border Force, a single frontline operational border agency, will be established within the department.
The Australian Border Force will draw together the operational border, investigations, compliance, detention and enforcement functions of the two existing agencies. Policy, regulatory and corporate functions will combine within the broader department.
For more information read the Australian Border Force booklet.