New measures further strengthen airport security

Media Release

DC318/2017

22 October 2017

  • Security at Australia's major airports will be further strengthened.
  • Changes will make airside areas more secure by introducing security screening for airport workers, tighter access controls and additional security awareness training.

Australia's world-leading aviation security system will be further strengthened with new regulations to mitigate the insider threat and keep Australians safe.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the amendments to the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 will tighten security at Australia's major airports.

“Airport workers, together with their vehicles and belongings, will be randomly selected for explosive trace detection testing and other screening when entering or working in secure airside areas at major airports,” Mr Chester said.

“Other measures being introduced include stronger access controls and additional security awareness training for aviation workers.

“These measures strengthen existing controls to ensure airport workers are authorised, properly identified and appropriately trained before entering secure airside areas. They may also be subject to security screening in the course of their duties.

“The measures will be progressively implemented and will provide flexibility for airports to ensure they continue to function efficiently and effectively.

“The Australian Government continues to counter security threats and is committed to providing the Australian public with safe and secure air travel,” Mr Chester said.