A new Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been announced by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot.

Michael Pezzullo, currently chief executive officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), will take up his position on Monday 13 October 2014.


Mike Pezzullo will take up his position on Monday 13 October 2014​

He has been working closely with Immigration and Citizenship Minister Scott Morrison on the government's border protection reforms, and more recently on enforcing increased national security measures at the border.

He has also been a driving force behind the internal reform of the ACBPS, and more recently, the government's larger border protection reforms announced in May.

It has also been announced that Roman Quaedvlieg will become the new ACBPS chief executive officer until 30 June 2015. This tenure coincides with the proposed commencement of the Australian Border Force on 01 July 2015.

Quaedvlieg, a career police officer, joined the ACBPS in May 2013 as its deputy chief executive officer of border enforcement, and has focused on building the agency's law enforcement capability, establishing the foundations for the future Australian Border Force.

'The evolution of our border functions is critical. We must manage the integrity of our border, and contribute to the prosperity and protection of the economy and, of course, the Australian community,' Morrison said.

Meanwhile, the ACBPS and the Lowy Institute for International Policy have completed their first joint research fellowship, examining ways to enhance and promote Australia's border as a strategic economic asset.

ACBPS officer Nicholas Humphries has worked in cooperation with senior Lowy Institute editorial staff under the inaugural ACBPS Fellowship Programme to prepare a research paper.

It has focused on ACBPS role in trade facilitation reform as it relates to Australian industry participation in global value chains, with particular attention given to the development of an Australian 'Authorized Economic Operator' (AEO) programme. AEO programmes are currently being established all around the world as a means of rewarding low risk traders with secure supply chains.