What you can and can’t bring

You cannot take some items beyond the security screening point or on board an aircraft because they present a security risk to all passengers. If you are carrying one of these items on you or in your carry-on baggage, you must surrender it at the screening point.

Airports and airlines do not have to store or return surrendered items to you. Surrendered items are dealt with in accordance with the relevant state and territory legislation.

If you aren’t sure whether you can take an item on board, check with your airline before you arrive at the airport. We recommend that you pack any items you aren’t sure about in your checked baggage, if your airline allows it.

Screening officers have the final say if there is any doubt about whether you can carry an item on board.

Dangerous goods​

Some items that we regulate as carry-on baggage are also dangerous goods. Dangerous goods are items or substances that are a risk to health, safety, property or the environment when transported by air. They may be dangerous even if you pack them in your checked baggage. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) administers the rules and regulations for dangerous goods.

If you aren’t sure if something is a dangerous good, check if any restrictions apply at Can I pack that?​​

Prohibited items​

Some items are prohibited because they are a security risk. You cannot carry them beyond the security screening point or on board an aircraft. These include weapons and some common household items and sporting goods as people can use them as a weapon or to cause harm to a person or an aircraft.

This includes replicas or imitations of weapons. You may need to surrender prohibited items at the security screening check point.​



You cannot carry firearms or other weapons of any kind on you or in your carry-on baggage. This includes replicas or imitations of a weapon.

Screening officers have the final say if there is any doubt about whether an item is considered a weapon.​​


Medicine and medical items

You can bring a reasonable amount of prescription and non-prescription medicines and medical items required during a flight. This includes special dietary and therapeutic products such as fish oil tablets. You can carry items both for yourself and for people under your care.​​


Powders, liquids, aerosols and gels

Australia restricts the quantity of liquids, aerosols, gels and certain powders you can carry on board international flights. These restrictions do not apply to your checked baggage or most domestic flights.​​


Packing duty free items

If you buy duty free items before you get to the airport, we recommend packing them in your checked baggage.​

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