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Kaylene Dale

Deputy Commissioner | Strategy and Capability

Australian Border Force

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Kaylene Dale was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Capability Group in the Australian Border Force (ABF) on 1 February 2023. Kaylene is an experienced senior leader in the Australian Public Service, and has an extensive background in border management having started in the Australian Customs Service in 2000.

As Deputy Commissioner, Kaylene leads the ABFs strategy for modern border management functions; and delivery of key capabilities, including the ABF workforce to deliver effectively for the Government, domestic and international partners, industry and the Australian community.

Between 2021-2022, Kaylene led the Office for Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, with a focus on advancing women’s workforce participation, women’s economic security and safety.

Throughout her career in the ABF and the Department of Home Affairs, Kaylene been responsible for a wide range of functions, including border operations and enforcement, civil maritime security, strategic planning, risk management and governance, integrity and professional standards, and emergency management.

Kaylene completed a Masters of Public Administration in 2010 (Australia/New Zealand School of Government) and Masters in Applied Criminology in 2020 (University of Cambridge, UK).