This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Border Intelligence Fusion Centre (BIFC) in contributing to the achievement of Australia’s border protection objectives.

In 2017–18, the Department of Home Affairs processed 46 million international air and sea travellers, and inspected more than 1.8 million cargo consignments. An effective ability to identify and manage risks arising from the movement of people and goods into Australia is critical to the safety and security of Australian citizens.

Established in 2014 within the Australian Border Force, the BIFC brought together the intelligence collection and analysis capabilities of seven federal agencies, and also formalised operational links with key international partners. This audit would assess whether the BIFC’s collaborative ‘intelligence-led/risk-based’ model enables resources to be deployed effectively in identifying and managing risks.