Australia and the Republic of Indonesia have further reaffirmed their mutual commitment to combating international maritime border security threats, under a new information sharing arrangement signed between the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (BAKAMLA).

The law-enforcement agencies will exchange information regarding potential threats, suspicious behaviour and vessels of concern moving across areas of mutual interest. ABF and BAKAMLA officers will conduct coordinated patrols and joint exercises, and share training and research expertise to boost maritime security cooperation.

Acting ABF Commissioner Michael Outram APM said the Arrangement on Maritime Security Cooperation would benefit both countries and the region more broadly.

“Working with our partners in the Asia-Pacific region is critical to protecting the security and prosperity of Australia and our neighbours at a time when we face a growing number of maritime threats,” Acting Commissioner Outram said.

“The importation of drugs and other illicit goods, illegal maritime arrivals, the exploitation of natural resources and maritime terrorism aren’t unique to Australia and addressing these threats requires cooperation across domestic and international border agencies and law enforcement.”

“Indonesia has proven an invaluable partner in the fight against people smuggling, showing great commitment to disrupting and dismantling the criminal networks that prey on vulnerable individuals. We look forward to continuing to work closely on this and other fronts.”

The Arrangement was a key outcome of the inaugural Senior Officers’ Meeting conducted between the ABF and BAKAMLA in Manado, Indonesia, on 10 May 2017. It was also a key goal of the Australia-Indonesia Plan of Action, under the Joint Maritime Declaration signed in February 2017.

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