The BEST Episodes of Border Security: Australia's Front Line
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 9, 2022
Network: Seven Network
Takes viewers behind the scenes of Australia's Customs, Immigration and Quarantine departments. The people that work for these departments have been entrusted with protecting Australia's borders from drug smugglers, illegal immigrants, potential terrorists, harmful pests and exotic diseases. It reveals some of the methods that they use to separate the honest mistakes made by innocent holidaymakers from the much more sinister motives of criminals.
#1 - Episode 1
Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 6, 2011
A Nigerian woman claims to be a fashion designer, but Customs officers don't think her story measures up. A sudden memory lapse could be a problem for a Polish passenger who has just travelled for 23 hours to visit his girlfriend. A mysterious box has Quarantine officers digging for answers.
#2 - Episode 6
Season 16 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 3, 2016
A Malaysian man says he's here for a holiday but officers suspect he's here to work. Also, a shipment of water looks to be loaded with an illicit substance.
#3 - Episode 7
Season 16 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 31, 2016
Officers question an American woman when they suspect she's arrived to perform unlawful work in the sex trade. Also, a Chinese mother and son get caught red-handed with high-risk concealment.
#4 - Episode 3
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 16, 2006
#5 - Episode 4
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 23, 2006
#6 - Who Is Mark Lau? Part 2/Texas Jeff/Dial H for Heroin/Lizards in Socks
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 15, 2004
Who is Mark Lau? - Part 2 Who is Mark Lau? Immigration has just uncovered a young Chinese man with a stolen identity. Although he insists that he is in fact Mark Lau, Immigration officers decide to look into his past, but Mark Lau has no past; this man has been issued a passport using another person’s identity. The Australian Federal Police are called, and Mark Lau is charged under his real name of Hao Lui. Texas Jeff Customs alerted by Canadian customs that a suspicious passenger is on his way to Australia. Customs officer John spots him and is convinced he’s got himself a hit. Jeff is nervous and weird and this search has some great moments. Turns out Jeff’s just one of life’s gentle weirdo’s and is as clean as a whistle! Dial H for Heroin It is hard to believe but almost every parcel and mail item that enters Australia is physically checked by the officers of Customs and Quarantine. Arriving from South Africa and the Customs officers believes there could be something more than just business cards in this suspicious package. Lizards in Socks At Sydney’s Cargo Mail handling centre, an x-ray sparks concern, identical boxes declared simply as dolls and boomerangs destined for Japan; Customs officers fear these boxes of socks could contain endangered reptiles. Investigations unit are contacted and the mysterious boxes are taken to Taronga Park Zoo for further examination.
#7 - Episode 4
Season 16 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 27, 2016
High Traces of Methamphetamines are detected on an American woman's luggage and officers suspect a pregnant Japanese woman is trying to courier drugs.
#8 - Episode 1
Season 19 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 3, 2019
Officers come across a box from Malaysia that seems a little unusual and reveals something frightening. Officer Shane investigates a delivery of chip packets that contain something less than savoury.
#9 - Episode 9
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 27, 2007
#10 - Episode 15
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Aug 22, 2006
#11 - Forrest Gump Part 1/Oleh Out/Duck Eggs and Buck Choy
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 10, 2005
A South American pensioner becomes the focus of a large-scale search by Customs. Quarantine discover a deliberate concealment just as they are about to let a Chinese passenger go. Immigration compliance officers search taxis and shuttle buses as they try to identify illegal workers among their drivers.
#12 - Episode 6
Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 21, 2010
He's had a holiday with his mates in Bali and returned with a bag full of mischief. The fashion world is in for a shock with this incredible concealment. And the investigation which may prove this Irish backpacker is involved in a massive scam.
#13 - Episode 10
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 14, 2007
#14 - Episode 12
Season 15 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 7, 2015
An Australian returns from a holiday in Thailand with an illegal concealment stuffed in his underpants.
#15 - Episode 13
Season 15 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 14, 2015
#16 - Episode 9
Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 7, 2008
A Vietnamese passenger gets upset when Customs take a large interest in his few belongings. A mystery box from Peru sparks a Customs investigation. Immigration think that a Malaysian passenger's story doesn't add up.
#17 - Episode 1
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 2, 2007
#18 - Episode 2
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 9, 2007
#19 - Episode 4
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 23, 2007
A mysterious passenger has Customs baffled because the story he has is falling apart. A cigarette smoker blows his stack. And Customs make a disturbing discovery in the Mail Centre.
#20 - Episode 5
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 30, 2007
#21 - Episode 14
Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 1, 2007
Unusual behaviour from a passenger leads Customs to wonder if he is playing games. Immigration compliance officers face some unexpected hurdles in the search for an illegal worker hiding in a market garden in western Sydney. A passenger is suspected by officers to be carrying drugs, but the situation takes a dramatic turn.
#22 - Episode 16
Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Oct 15, 2007
A Colombian dance instructor may have stepped out of line when Customs officers find heroin readings on samples from his bags. Quarantine officers at the Internation Mail Handling Unit receive a box that smells so foul that it gives them a headache. Immigration compliance officers search a western Sydney warehouse, but obstructions could help a Filipino man they suspect of being an illegal immigrant to get away.
#23 - Episode 20
Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Nov 12, 2007
Looks back at some emotional and nervous passengers that Customs, Immigration and Quarantine have interviewed.
#24 - Spanish Surfer/Above the Law/USA No Way
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 10, 2005
Customs officers discover a dangerous game of hide and seek when they search a passenger from Buenos Aires. Customs officers get involved in a potentially volatile situation when an Aboriginal passenger refuses to join the queues at Passport control. A simple mistake by an American panel beater in his visa application could put an end to his hopes of working in Australia.
#25 - Chinese Food/Japanese Yen
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 17, 2005
A Chinese woman tries to smuggle food into Australia, despite having previously been warned about it, and a teacher returning from Japan fails to declare money