Border Watch Information campaign 2018 (NNF 2018/036)

On Sunday, 11 February, the Department of Home Affairs launched a nationwide Border Watch information campaign. 

Key messages

  • The aim of the Border Watch campaign is to increase community awareness and vigilance to help strengthen the integrity of Australia’s border.
  • Encouraging members of the community to report illegal or suspicious behaviour will help the Australian Border Force to investigate, detect and stop illegal and dangerous activity.
  • Members of the community will be encouraged to report suspicious activity or behaviour online at
  • Border Watch is the Department’s single collection point for community and industry information related to immigration, customs and border-related offences.
  • Border Watch receives more than 52,000 reports each year helping to protect our border and keep our community safe.
  • Border Watch reports have been instrumental in hundreds of seizures of prohibited drugs and weapons, and illicit tobacco.
  • Border Watch reports have also supported investigations related to illegal work operations and the exploitation of foreign workers.

The types of reports received by Border Watch relate to:

  • customs and border-related offences such as drug and precursor imports, revenue/duty evasion, illegal currency movement, movement of weapons and firearms, and imports of illicit tobacco.
  • immigration offences such as people smuggling, illegal work operations, contrived relationships, false statements, visa overstayers and employer sponsor breaches.

Watch the Border Watch ad or read more about what information to report.

If you have any questions regarding the information campaign, or the Border Watch Program please contact us at

Note: This campaign is aimed at the  general community and it should be noted that our industry members are encouraged to report via the industry premium number 1800 06 1800.  (not advertised in this campaign).

Zoran Kostadinoski
Regional Manager VIC / TAS / SA