Supporting our recovery through strong border management

Supporting our recovery through strong border management

Sep 10
Join CEDA members and guests from across the country for a discussion with Australian Border Force Commissioner, Michael Outram.
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Michael Outram APM, Commissioner, Australian Border Force

Event Overview

Like every nation in the world, Australia’s economy has taken a battering in 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. From an Australian Border Force (ABF) operational perspective, as the guardians of Australia’s international gateways, COVID-19’s biggest impacts have been on international traveller and student numbers. Conversely, e-commerce trade volumes have increased, presenting a different set of challenges for the ABF and its responsibilities to protect supply chain integrity and manage border threats. 

ABF Commissioner, Michael Outram, will detail how COVID-19 has impacted border operations and supply chain integrity, and how the ABF can help facilitate Australia’s economic recovery through strong border management.

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 1.00pm
WA: 11.30am


Meet the speaker

Michael Outram APM
Commissioner, Australian Border Force

Michael is responsible for protecting Australia’s national borders; fostering lawful cross-border trade and travel in conjunction with Australia’s customs and border policy settings and the onshore immigration detention network. Michael oversees a range of complex capabilities and assets, including a fleet of ocean-going patrol vessels, systems to manage people and goods at border entry and exit points, investigations into serious organised fraud of Australia’s visa system and exploitation of illegal workers.

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