ABF badge Badge of Australian Border Force Officers - Commemorative badge
ABF Duty Badge of Australian Border Force Officers - duty badge
ABF patch Patch of Australian Border Force Officers
DDU Specialist Unit Patch - Detector Dog Unit
NMU Specialist Unit Patch - National Marine Unit
CTU Specialist Unit Patch - Counter Terrorism Unit
ACBP Rubber Patch Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Rubberised patch with velcro backing, used by MEO's (Maritime Enforcement Officers) - Image courtesy Rod Johns
Shoulder Patch

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Current issue insignia

Australian Customs Torres Strait Torres Strait - Specialist Unit Patch
This patch has been specifically issued to the new Australian Customs Service aides, located in the Torres Strait area. Only Torres Strait Islanders, employed by Customs, are authorized to wear this patch.
Australian Customs Detector Dog Unit Drug Dog Unit (Version 5) - Specialist Unit Patch
This is the current patch for the Australian Customs & Border Protection Service Drug Dog Unit and was introduced into service in Sydney in August 1998.
The decision was undertaken to change the patch to better reflect the current crop of Drug Dogs and our breeding programme, namely the increased use of Labradors.
Detector Dog Program Drug Dog Unit - Proposed new insignia
DDUNew Drug Dog unit - Actual
Australian Customs Marine Unit Marine Unit (Version 3) - Specialist Unit patch.
Current issue, the wording has changed to reflect that the Unit is separate from Coastwatch
Customs Marine Unit Customs Marine Unit  - Proposed new insignia
NMUNew National Marine Unit - actual
Australian Customs Border Protection Border Protection Command - Current Issue insignia
Border Protection Command Border Protection Command - Proposed new insignia
Aviation Unit Aviation Unit - Proposed new insignia
CTUNew Counter Terrorism Unit

The following articles represent two perspectives related to the development of Australian Customs  insignia over time.

The first document was researched internally within Customs, of which I was asked to contribute.

Australian Customs Historical research document. (Approval granted by Customs & Border Protection, Communication & Media, Manager Online Communication 14 September 2010)

Police Insignia Collectors Association Australia article.

Researched with a former Customs Officer and now retired Australian Federal Police officer, first appearing in the Police Insignia Collectors Association of Australia Magazine, Volume 8 number 3, printed pages 4 - 11 inclusive, published 2002, copyright Police Insignia Collectors Association Australia.

Australia - National Medal


Following the lodgement of a Freedom of Information request with the Australian Customs and Bordr Proection Service in late April 2011, I received a detailed positive response outlining the submission process requesting that eligible officers of the Australian Customs & Border Protection Service be appropriately considered for their valuable service to the Australian people.

As a result, Royal Assent was granted on 23 September 2011, with a date of effect for eligible service commencing from 16 December 1999.

acs pins Latest group of Australian Customs & Border Protection pins
40th Anniversary Soon to come - Australian Customs & Border Protection Detector Dog Program 40th Anniversary