In early 2022 the Australian Border Force (ABF) announced reforms that seek to minimise the risk of persons not deemed fit and proper by the Comptroller-General of Customs from participating in the operations of a licensed depot or warehouse. These reforms play a part in supporting broader initiatives by government to bolster the risk management, preparedness, prevention and resilience of critical infrastructure assets across the country.
The ABF advised the additional obligations introduced strengthen controls in the supply chain, expand the fit and proper regime, and align compliance controls for licence holders. Examples of licence holders include duty free shops, provedores, catering bonds, and off-airport cargo terminal operators.
For persons directly or indirectly operating within these types of facilities, the facility license holder must ensure they obtain a WADSIC. A WADSIC provides evidence that a person operating in a licensed facility is deemed fit and proper and considers factors set by the Comptroller-General including:
Veritas can assist customs depots and warehouse license holders meet their WADSIC obligations.
The ABF has now implemented its program that requires people involved in the operations of a warehouse or a depot to hold a WADSIC. A copy of the Australian Customs Depot Notice No. 2022/46 can be found on the ABF website. This document provides information detailing the responsibilities that licence holders have with respect to the management of these security risk reduction measures.
Persons who participate (directly or indirectly) in the operations of a licensed depot/warehouse must obtain a WADSIC.
A WADSIC provides evidence that a person is “fit and proper” and includes a national Police Check and Right to Work Check.
Veritas is an ACIC authorised issuer of National Police Checks and can streamline the WADSIC application and issuance processes for license holders.
Veritas is a national leader in the provision of background checking services in Australia and is accredited by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) to deliver National Police Checks. Since 2005, Veritas has developed identity verification services and systems for organisations and individuals across a range of industries including aviation, maritime, offshore, transport and logistics, rail, infrastructure, and more.
In addition to delivering Regulatory compliant solutions, Veritas maintains ISO 9001:2015 and ISO27001:2013 accreditations to ensure our operations meet the highest standards for efficiency and information security.
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