NEWS Industry Summit 2017 - ‘Border innovation: strengthening our nation’s economy, security and society’

The Industry Summit is an opportunity for the Department and its industry stakeholders to discuss strategic trade, traveller and migration issues.

The Department hosted its annual Industry Summit in Melbourne on 31 July.

The Industry Summit is the Department’s annual event for senior leaders of industry and Australian Government representatives to discuss strategic trade, traveller and migration issues. The Industry Summit provides a forum for the Department to engage with delegates about the rapidly changing global landscape and display emerging trends likely to influence the border management environment.

This year’s Industry Summit theme, ‘Border innovation: strengthening our nation’s economy, security and society’, encouraged attendees to explore ways to create opportunities for collaboration, co-design and co-investment in technologies and business processes that will help us respond to the changing global trade, traveller and migration environment.

The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, delivered the keynote address, focusing on the Government’s desire to protect the Australian community and ensure our economic prosperity. 

Michael Outram, Acting Australian Border Forcer Commissioner, spoke about the new Home Affairs portfolio, and innovations to modernise trade and travel, such as the abolition of the outgoing passenger card, the establishment of the Australian Trusted Trader programme and new facial recognition technology for airports. The Acting Commissioner also took the opportunity to reassure industry that the Australian Border Force will remain Australia's customs service now and in the future.

Guest speaker and futurist, Chris Riddell, shared his insights on the faster paced world we are living in, and how (government and industry) must reinvent their thinking to continue to be efficient.

The Department recognises that managing our border is a shared responsibility underpinned by valuable partnerships between government and industry.
We welcome further discussions and will engage with our industry stakeholders over the coming months and beyond.

Thank you to all those who attended and joined the conversation at #DIBPIndustrySummit. Keep an eye out for our next Industry Hub item for the Industry Summit outcomes. In the meantime, read the 2017 Industry Summit Communique for a short synopsis of the day or read the transcript of the Acting Commissioner’s speech.

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