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February 18, 2010
By Cristy Symington
PROVOST Marshal of the ADF COL
Martyn Reed has warned deployed
members about ordering, posting or
bringing home illegal items from
overseas exercises and operations.
He said the ADF Investigative
Service would pursue people found
trying to bring such items, including
bladed weapons and martial arts devic-
es, into Australia.
"Although items like weapon parts,
knives, alcohol and body building
supplements may be readily availa-
ble overseas, many are illegal to bring
home," he said.
"If you post items home, carry
them in accompanied baggage, or in
unaccompanied baggage, you will get
The ADF works closely with
Australia Post, Customs and Border
Protection Services to ensure baggage
and mail is checked before arrival in
Customs National Manager
Investigations Richard Janeczko said in
a statement that Customs had a number
of measures in place to intercept illegal
"There is every chance you will be
detected and the penalties can include
severe fines or imprisonment," he said.
"Customs is dedicated to prevent-
ing the importation of prohibited items
including performance and image
Passengers may have their baggage
searched or x-rayed to identify goods
of interest to border control agencies.
Customs uses dedicated technology
Declare or beware, ADFIS warns
that analyses particles collected from
passenger baggage and other personal
items, postal articles or items of cargo
to detect traces of illicit substances.
They also have dogs trained to detect
illicit drugs, firearms and explosives.
Australia Post also has measures in
place for identifying prohibited items
with 100 per cent of mail screened on
arrival to Australia.
COL Reed said importing illegal
items was extremely serious and trying
to fool agencies by using false names
and addresses could still be tracked
back to the offender.
Importation of certain bladed weap-
ons, martial arts goods and sporting
goods is controlled under the Customs
Regulations. The penalty for import-
ing prohibited items is a fine of up to
$275,000 or imprisonment for up to 10
years, or both.
For more information about what items are
prohibited to be brought back to Australia,
visit www.customs.gov.au or ask your local
BANNED: Just some of the items that members are not permitted to
bring into the country.
Awebsite offering up-to-
date information and
advice on investigative
matters for ADF members
and commanders is now available.
The Australian Defence Force
Investigative Service (ADFIS) launched
the site as part of the unit's mission of
providing a professional investigative
capability in support of the chain of
Provost Marshal ADF COL Martyn
Reed said the content available on
the site provided commanders with
information to assist them in ensuring
effective discipline was maintained
within their unit, in accordance with
the military justice framework.
"The website was launched as part
of the program of improving ADFIS
capabilities to disseminate vital infor-
mation to units about how investiga-
tions are conducted," he said.
The site offers a Commanders Tool
Box that includes details and current
policies relating to:
critical incident management and
The tool box is a one stop shop
for anyone seeking information on
military justice and policing matters. It
also includes key contact details within
The site also details ADFIS inquiries,
New website launched
including how they are conducted and
how they are assessed.
Guidance on alcohol and drug edu-
cation is available, as well as content
relating to evidence handling and pres-
ervation applicable to units or individu-
als deploying overseas.
Recruitment information is available
for members of the ADF considering a
career as a Service Police Investigator
and interested in joining ADFIS.
Opportunities are available to
full-time and part-time ADF members
across all ranks and Services.
"This is an exciting time for ADFIS
as we are growing our capability and
providing improved career opportuni-
ties for our investigators," COL Reed
Visit the ADFIS intranet site at http://
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