Kaylene Zakharoff

Kaylene commenced as Group Manager, Immigration Detention Group on 1 July 2019 with a single line of accountability and management for Australia’s onshore detention operations.

Previously, Kaylene held senior leadership positions in the Australian Border Force that included the establishment of the Border Patrol and Coordination Command responsible for cross-command coordination of operational activities and incident response; and as Assistant Commissioner, Strategic Border Command responsible for governance arrangements, risk and assurance and program management for the ABF.

Prior to moving to the ABF, Kaylene was Acting Deputy Secretary of Visa and Citizenship Services Group, with end-to-end responsibility for visa and citizenship programs, including service delivery and decision-making spanning the visa and citizenship life cycle, from pre-lodgement, application, visa grant or refusal, visa cancellation, and conferral and revocation of citizenship.

In April 2016 Kaylene was promoted to SES Band 2 and the position of First Assistant Secretary, Community Protection Division with responsibility for undertaking and supporting visa cancellation and Ministerial intervention decision making; delivering the Status Resolution Programme; administering criminal justice mechanisms and implementing the Human Trafficking Framework and Detention Capability Review recommendations.

From 2011 to April 2016 Kaylene undertook several roles at the SES Band 1 level, in the former Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).  These roles include, National Manager, Enforcement Operations  (ACBPS); Deputy Commander, Border Protection Command (ACBPS); National Manager, Customs Reform Taskforce and the Portfolio Reform Task Force (ACBPS); and as Assistant Secretary Integrity and Professional Standards (DIBP).

Kaylene completed a Masters of Public Administration in 2008 and is currently studying for a Masters in Applied Criminology.