Advanced profiling for air travellers and mail

Project ID: 190810

Project Name: Advanced profiling for air travellers and mail

CEBRA Project Leader: Andrew Robinson

DAWE Project Sponsor: Peta Lane, First Assistant Secretary, Compliance Division

DAWE Project Leaders: Linda Jennings, Principal Director, Compliance Testing and Intervention (CTI),
Compliance Division; Stephen Larcombe, Profiling and Targeting, Compliance Testing and Intervention,
Compliance Division; Jose Arias, Profiling and Targeting, Compliance Testing and Intervention,
Compliance Division

The department is facing significant challenges in the inbound air traveller and mail pathways with their increasing volumes and the resources required to manage the increased biosecurity risk that this presents.

In 2009 the Quarantine Operations Division (now Compliance Division) commenced work with ACERA (now CEBRA) to develop a national profiling methodology to support the reform to move from the mandatory at border intervention introduced under the Increased Quarantine Intervention (IQI) towards a risk-based approach for the management of biosecurity risks associated with the clearance of international travellers (as also applied to mail). The national cohort profiling methodology (methodology) was subsequently endorsed on 10 August 2011. This methodology has not been reviewed and remains the basis for international traveller and mail profile development.

Effective profiling is a critical control system and enabler for the management and intervention of biosecurity risk posed by the inbound movement of people, goods and mail at the border. The application of advanced analytics, statistical methods and border system deployment for international air traveller profiling methods will be critical for the department’s delivery of biosecurity risk management outcomes into the future.

The objective of this project is to deliver improvements to automated profiling that will further enhance the department’s approach to baseline targeting of high-risk air travellers. It will guide the priority alignment of the allocation of limited inspection resources at the border to biosecurity risk.

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