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Agencies offer counter terrorism jobs for sacked public servants

Australia's security agencies are providing a potential life raft of jobs for sacked public servants in the field of counter terrorism.

The AFP has vacancies within its telecommunications interception division.
The AFP has vacancies within its telecommunications interception division. 

Customs and Border Protection is advertising for 100 Border Force recruits - a number of whom will be part of the counter terrorism unit, while the Australian Federal Police is offering jobs in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne for people who can monitor conversations on tapped phones.

An AFP spokeswoman said the organisation had a number of vacancies within its telecommunications interception division. Job advertisements showed members of the high-tech crime fighting team would be paid $59,103 to $69,005.

As well as trying to catch terrorists, the interceptors will work on serious and organised crime, child protection and ACT community policing cases.

"Day to day duties will involve monitoring, technical interpretation, analysis and dissemination of information lawfully intercepted under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979," the job ad said. 

"A successful applicant will demonstrate a high level of attention to detail, an operational focus and excellent customer service."

People completing the two-step application process will receive an email inviting them to do an online cognitive ability test.

An AFP spokeswoman said: "This round of recruitment is to fill existing vacancies within [the division] and will not provide an increase in budgeted staffing levels - it is funded within the existing [division] budget."

As previously reported, federal and state government agencies accessed private telecommunications and internet data 330,640 times during criminal and financial investigations in 2012-13 - an 11 per cent increase in a year and a jump of 31 per cent over two years.

Meanwhile, in preparation for the establishment of the Australian Border Force on July 1, 2015, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service was looking for more than 100 new officers for frontline operations.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said the ACBPS would receive an additional $150 million to combat terrorism, as part of the $630 million of counter-terrorism funding recently announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

"On August 22, 2014, ACBPS began standing up [counter terrorism unit] teams at Australia's major international airports," the spokesperson said.

The teams will be able to deal with "inbound and outbound national security threats" as they increase the security presence at airports.

They will "proactively intervene in suspicious situations or intercept suspicious persons of national security interest in customs controlled areas".

"The CTU capability will result in an additional 80 Border Force officers stationed across the major airports," the spokesperson said.

"The current recruitment round for CTU officers will assist ACBPS build the CTU capability."

Border Force's counter terrorism officers will be paid $66,652 to to $86,923 a year while trainees will receive $42,865 to $48,327 annually.