Michael Outram APM was sworn in as the Commissioner of the Australian Border Force (ABF) on 14 May 2018.
Michael joined the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on 9 March 2015 and was sworn in as the ABF’s Deputy Commissioner Operations on 1 July 2015.
Michael has 39 years of experience in a diverse range of law enforcement organisations and settings, including community policing, intelligence operations, protective and major event security, public order management, the investigation of serious crime and border management.
Between 2011 and 2015, as an Assistant Commissioner with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Michael was responsible for the AFP's national protective security function. During this time Michael led the AFP’s planning and support for the G20 Summit in Brisbane and the AFP’s response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the Ukraine.
Michael joined the AFP from the Australian Crime Commission (ACC). In 2004 Michael was appointed as the ACC’s Executive Director, Serious and Organised Crime and he was responsible for the national and international investigative and intelligence functions of the Agency.
Michael’s career in Australia started in 2002 at the Independent Commission Against Corruption in New South Wales. His migration to Australia followed a secondment in 2000, to the New South Wales Police Service. He was seconded from the London Metropolitan Police Service in the UK, where he joined as a police cadet in 1980 and served as a police officer from 1982.
Michael was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2014 in recognition of his outstanding service in law enforcement. In 2014 he was also awarded a Master of Business & Technology degree by the University of New South Wales and a university prize for academic achievement. In April 2018, Michael completed the Harvard Kennedy School executive education programme ‘Leadership in Crises’, which he attended having won a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship.