Border Protection Command (Australia)


Border Protection Command (Australia)

The Australian Government's Border Protection Command (BPC) is a multi-agency command which was established in 2005 to coordinate the protection of Australia’s offshore assets.

The Command is constituted by elements of the Australian Customs Service and the Australian Defence Force, and is headquartered in Canberra.

The BPC delivers a coordinated national approach to offshore protection by operating as a single maritime surveillance, response and interception agency.

It detects and deters a wide range of illegal activities using a combination of Customs and Defence aircraft and vessels. Customs response assets include Coastwatch aircraft and National Marine Unit patrol vessels. Its activities take place under a variety of legislation covering areas such as customs, fisheries, quarantine, immigration, environment and law enforcement.

The ADF elements of BPC are commanded from Northern Command in Darwin, Northern Territory.

References

* [http://www.bpc.gov.au Border Protection Command]
* Rear Admiral Russ Crane [http://www.defence.gov.au/defencemagazine/editions/20050501/groups/cjo.htm Increasing our offshore maritime security]


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