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No. 2 of 2005 Directions/Other as made
Directions of the CEO of Customs in relation to the formulation of Rules of Engagement for certain Customs operations.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 15 Sep 2005
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled Senate05-Oct-2005
Tabled HR10-Oct-2005
Date of repeal 01 Oct 2016
Repealed by Sunsetting

CEO Directions No 2 of 2005



I, LIONEL BARRIE WOODWARD, under section 183UC of the Customs Act 1901, give the following directions concerning the exercise of powers under the Customs Act 1901.

1.        Rules of Engagement (“ROE”) are the framework within which the Australian Customs Service (“Customs”), as an organisation, may use force to achieve an objective.

2.        The planning factors behind the determination of ROE are provided in CEO Order 2 - Rules of EngagementCEO Order 2 - Rules of Engagement also provides for the operational aspects of ROE, including clarification of authority, classification of ROE and the consequences of breaches of ROE.

3.        ROE for any Customs operation will be drawn from the menu of ROE operating rules, incorporated in CEO Order 2 - Rules of Engagement.  During Customs operations, Customs officers will only use force where such force is necessary to achieve an objective and where the use of such force is within the limits defined by the ROE, as they are declared for any Customs operation.


These directions take effect on and from registration.


Dated:  5 September 2005


Lionel Barrie Woodward
Chief Executive Officer of Customs