New measures to strengthen airport security

Media Release

DC206/2016

01 December 2016

  • Security at Australia's major international airports will be strengthened by legislation introduced today.
  • Legislation will make airside areas of Australia's major airports more secure by paving the way for new and enhanced security screening.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has today introduced legislation into Parliament to strengthen security at Australia's major airports to guard against insider threats.

“Changes to the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 will make airside areas of Australia's major airports more secure by paving the way for new and enhanced security screening,” Mr Chester said.

“Specifically, airports will be able to randomly select people, together with their vehicles and belongings, for screening when they are working inside the secure airside area of an Australian airport to make sure they do not have prohibited weapons in their possession.

“The changes are the first stage of the Government's plans to strengthen airside security by mitigating the insider threat. In addition to screening of airport workers, the Government will also introduce stronger access controls for airside areas and security awareness training for airport and airline staff.

“The Turnbull Joyce Government continues to counter security threats and is committed to providing the Australian public with safe and secure air travel.

“On successful passage of the legislation, it is intended that the enhancements to airside security will be progressively rolled out at Australia's major international airports from early next year,” Mr Chester said.

For more information on Australia's aviation security system, visit infrastructure.gov.au/security/