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Memorandum of Understanding Signed by Department of Defence and Customs and Border Protection Formalising their Working Relationship

Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) December 1, 2010

Memorandum of Understanding Signed by Department of Defence and Customs and Border Protection Formalising their Working Relationship

Memorandum of Understanding Signed by Department of Defence and Customs and Border Protection Formalising their Working Relationship

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Department of Defence and Customs and Border Protection. This is the first time such an agreement has been signed between Defence and Customs, indicating the importance of this close working relationship.

During today’s ceremony, five documents were signed – the Memorandum of Understanding and four annexes canvassing:

  • reporting of the import and export of Defence cargo and
  • the clearance of Defence air crew and passengers in and out of Australia.

This agreement formalises the working relationship between Defence and Customs – a relationship that has grown into a mature partnership built on operational needs.

As Defence’s operational tempo has increased over the past decade, with multiple deployments of personnel in our region and beyond, Defence and Customs now work in an environment requiring a rapid response as international situations develop.

The MOU will allow Defence and Customs to work more closely in their day-to-day operations, with greater clarity on the roles and responsibilities of each.

The framework will help to expedite the movement of Australian Defence Force personnel, platforms and equipment and will assist in the rapid deployment of Australian Defence Force personnel for emergencies and operational needs.

The new arrangements will allow Australia to respond in a timely and effective way to changing circumstances in our region and act in support of our friends and partners across the world.

The MOU was signed by the Secretary of Defence, Dr Ian Watt, Chief of the Defence Force, Angus Houston, and the Chief Executive Officer of Customs Michael Carmody.

The agreement takes effect immediately.


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