The Coalition Government implemented Operation Sovereign Borders, a military-led operation, in September 2013 as a multi-layered approach to combating maritime people smuggling.
The Commander Joint Agency Task Force Operation Sovereign Borders Major General Craig Furini AM CSC has successfully completed his tenure as Commander.
I sincerely thank Major General Furini AM CSC for his leadership of Operation Sovereign Borders and his efforts to combat people smuggling in our region. Under Major General Furini’s AM CSC stewardship Australia’s borders have remained shut to people smugglers and most importantly, there have been no deaths at sea.
Rear Admiral Lee Goddard CSC, RAN has been appointed as the interim Commander Joint Agency Task Force Operation Sovereign Borders. He is also the Commander Maritime Border Command.
Operation Sovereign Borders remains a significant Government priority and will continue to operate as a military-led operation comprising 16 government agencies.