Committees and fora

​National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF)

The NCTF is a forum for government and industry stakeholders to discuss strategic issues relating to trade facilitation in the domestic and international trade environment, including monitoring of Australia’s implementation of the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade Facilitation. NCTF membership is comprised of representatives from peak bodies involved in the shipping, transportation, customs broking, freight forwarding, import and export industries; business councils; academia; and relevant Government agencies.

National Sea Passenger Facilitation Committee (NSPFC)

The National Sea Passenger Facilitation Committee (NSPFC) focuses on issues concerning sea travel facilitation and associated infrastructure issues. Membership of this committee includes representatives from cruise ship, port terminal and tourism industries.

National Passenger Facilitation Committee (NPFC)

The NPFC is a decision-making body that provides a strategic forum for engagement between government agencies and industry partners to improve facilitation of passengers through airports, while maintaining appropriate border security. Similar to the NSPFC, membership of the committee includes representatives from government agencies, the airline, airport and tourism industries.

Australian Trusted Trader Industry Advisory Group (ATT IAG)

The ATT IAG provided input, advice and feedback on the design and implementation of the ATT programme.  The group comprised representatives from industry advocacy groups, various industry sectors and government representatives.  Moving forward, a new industry engagement model is being developed to replace the IAG.

Compliance Advisory Group (CAG) 

The Trade and Goods Compliance Advisory Group (CAG) has been established as a collaborative forum for industry, the Department and the Australian Border Force (ABF) to develop solutions to emerging and existing trade and goods compliance issues.  The CAG is not a decision-making body, but makes recommendations to senior management of the ABF and the Department to enhance the trade and goods compliance framework and foster positive compliance behaviours. The CAG also provides an effective channel for communication between the Department, the ABF and industry, as part of a wider communications system. 

Illicit Tobacco Industry Advisory Group

The Illicit Tobacco Industry Advisory Group enables industry and government to work together to eliminate the trade in illicit tobacco.

The Illicit Tobacco Industry Advisory Group will allow industry members and government representatives to share information about the illicit tobacco environment, including tobacco trade flows, supply chain security and the illicit tobacco market, and work together on measures that address illicit tobacco.

The Illicit Tobacco Industry Advisory Group will operate within the parameters of Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

For further information, see Illicit Tobacco Industry Advisory Group webpage.

Regional Illicit Tobacco Workshop

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection hosted a Regional Illicit Tobacco Workshop in Singapore on 23-24 May 2016. The workshop brought together around 40 enforcement agency delegates from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam and the Philippines with an interest in tobacco smuggling investigations. Representatives from the World Customs Organization, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Taskforce on Countering Illicit Trade, INTERPOL, Europol and TRANSCRIME also participated in the workshop. Australian Government representatives included officials from the Australian Federal Police, the then Australian Crime Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The workshop programme included a two hour session on illicit tobacco investigations conducted by the tobacco industry. Representatives from British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris delivered this session. Attendance at the session was optional for workshop participants.