Australian Border Force Reviews

Updated 20 Jul 2020

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2.7
38%
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43%
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Australian Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg
Roman Quaedvlieg
12 Ratings
  1. "Great Experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Casual 

    I worked at Australian Border Force full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked in a great team.

    Cons

    Nothing major that I can think of.

  2. "NICE"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Consumables Team Leader 

    I have been working at Australian Border Force full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place for something new

    Cons

    working with all gentleman


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good job but pay is low"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Border Force Officer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Australian Border Force full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job satisfaction and good variety

    Cons

    The pay is low compared to other state and federal departments

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Stable, secure but low morale"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Border Force Officer in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Australian Border Force full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Every day is different, good job if you’re on a good team with a good team leader.

    Cons

    Lots of nasty supervisors that need to move on. Anyone external can apply for supervisor positions so some have no technical experience and then try lead a technical team. Low morale around the workplace due to poor leadership from the absolute stop to team leaders. Everyone is out to burn you to get higher. You have to be very careful to say anything around the workplace.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "APS L6"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HRM in South Fremantle
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Australian Border Force full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Career guidance and study suport

    Cons

    Bit of a boys club although improving

  6. "ABF run away"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Australian Border Force full-time

    Pros

    Only thing is you do meet some really nice Officers.

    Cons

    Bullying, harassment, discrimination against part timers and casuals. Casuals promised FT, but 3 days before, interviews were cancelled. Only get 3hr shifts. Waste of time going in. Superintendent been there nearly 4 yrs. Others get deployed for integrity reasons, so why not the Superintendent at Perth Airport. More single young males are employed than females. Favouritism is rife. Wages low for entry level Officers at 45k. Force you to do night shift when you medically unable, then they penalise you or it causes more medical issues. There is no work life balance in this Dept. Job looks appealing on TV, but the reality is this Dept is going down the toilet, mainly due to the Superintendents actions at Perth Airport. The Dept makes it their business so they know more about you than you do. Soon you will have to lock your mobile phone in an outside area (not in an ABF area)and will not be able to access it unless you are on a break. Hopefully, a family or other emergency doesn’t happen and you need to be contacted immediately. Or when an airport evacuation happens.

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  7. "Nepotism, bullying and inept organisation"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Australian Border Force part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Super is OK for long term employees

    Cons

    Old school mentality with nepotism and boys club thinking. Shocking bullying and no accountability, there should be a royal commission and countless casuals who left with inside information, many relatives hired and zero concept of budgetting

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Awful job unless you're in a Senior role"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Border Force Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Australian Border Force full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Multiple working locations such as the Airport, Cargo facilities, Ship Ports etc.

    Cons

    Shift work. Terrible management. Poor morale with no improvement from management. No benefits with no support from the union.

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  9. "Experience at the Border FOrce"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Border Officer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Australian Border Force full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Variety of jobs Good life balance Nice people Teamwork

    Cons

    Job is rather monotonous Uniform Bad Systems Bad communication No feedback

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Worst employer with a toxic, sexist and discriminatory workplace culture"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Officer in Docklands
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Australian Border Force full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The superannuation at 15.4% is the only benefit. Great front-line officers working to protect us My feedback is aimed at the lazy, imcompetant people in the payroll department I pity them. I honour the 90% of Border Force Officers who do the right thing.

    Cons

    Too many to mention -It is a big boy's club and basically they are in the payroll department because they a) are related to someone else, b) are sleeping with someone higher in the same department, c) have a parent who is a career public servant. -Workplace bullying and discrimination is rife and if you are ethnic or have a disability you will be targeted. -Females expected to wear skimpy, low cut tops honestly I wander if it is a brothel or a professional working environment. --Any female who is educated and articulate is seen as a threat by the big boy's club and is basically forced out. - Please all applicants do not waste your time applying for a role within the Payroll department known as NPAC. This department does not deserve quality applicants. There is a reason these roles are advertised every 6 months.

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