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Border Force boss Roman Quaedvlieg fired for inappropriate behaviour

Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg has been dismissed after a lengthy investigation into his behaviour. 

In May, the father-of three went on personal leave from his $619,905 job on full pay after allegations emerged he had helped his girlfriend, in her 20s, secure a job at Sydney Airport stamping passports.

Quaedvlieg has denied any wrongdoing.

The 53-year-old has said his relationship with the much younger woman only started after she got the job in December 2016 and claims salacious texts he sent her have been taken out of context.

A Statement of Grounds of Termination of Appointment states Quaedvlieg ‘acted at particular times to modify policies relevant to recruitment processes so as to advantage… a particular candidate for ABF employment’.

The statement further stated Quaedvlieg failed to disclose ‘a significant change within his personal life’ and made a ‘willfully or recklessly false statement to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection in relation to the status of his personal relationships’.

Quaedvlieg ‘failed to disclose his relationship with a person who was seeking employment in the ABF in circumstances where Mr Quaedvlieg had an interest in that person securing employment and was in a position to influence the relevant recruitment processes’. 

The sacking comes after an investigation spanning 10 months, for which Quaedvlieg was reportedly paid more than $500,000. 

It was completed by Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Martin Parkinson and handed to Attorney-General Christian Porter who recommended the Governor General, Peter Cosgrove, dismiss Quaedvlieg.

On Wednesday the decision was signed off on by Federal Executive Council.