Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Serious or organised crime stopped at the border

Media Release

DC019/2016

16 March 2016

Joint release with:

Michael Keenan

Minister for Justice and
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for
Counter-Terrorism

Security will be tightened at Australia's airports and seaports following the passage of key legislation through the House of Representatives.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the legislation, which relates to the Aviation and Maritime Security Identification Card schemes, was aimed at preventing serious and organised crime activity.

“Today the Transport Security Amendment (Serious or Organised Crime) Bill 2016 has passed the House of Representatives without amendment,” Mr Chester said.

“The Bill delivers on the Government's commitment to ensure that people with a relevant criminal history can never receive a security clearance to work at our airports or seaports.

“This is a critical step in securing our transport infrastructure against crime or future criminal influences.”

Supporting the amendments, the Minister for Justice and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism Michael Keenan said the Bill delivers on the Coalition Government's election commitment to strengthen the system and fight serious and organised crime at our ports and seaports.

“All Australians have high expectations of individuals with access to secure areas of our airports and seaports given that they are in positions of trust,” Mr Keenan said.

“The Coalition Government changes mean Australia's airports and seaports will be less susceptible to exploitation from serious or organised crime.

“We know that Australia has become a target for organised criminals from all around the world because Australians are paying top dollar for the misery these crooks peddle—like the drug ice.

“Further, these changes will deliver on our commitment to implement the National Ice Taskforce's recommendations, specifically to strengthen the ASIC and MSIC schemes to limit the distribution of ice throughout the community.”

If the Bill passes the Senate, it is intended that the reforms will become effective from 1 July 2016.