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Air cargo security

New initiatives: 100 percent piece-level examination of export air cargo

On 8 May 2018, the Australian Government announced a range of measures to further strengthen Australia's domestic and international aviation security.

From 1 March 2019, before air cargo is uplifted onto an outbound international aircraft, it must be examined at piece-level by a Regulated Air Cargo Agent under an Enhanced Air Cargo Examination Notice, or by a Known Consignor through their approved, secure origination procedures.

Air cargo security

The Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 (the Act) and Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 (the Regulations) establish a regulatory framework that safeguards Australia's essential aviation services against unlawful interference, while maintaining and improving aviation security.

Under the Act, air cargo is defined as 'goods (other than baggage or stores) that are transported by aircraft'.

To ensure the safety and security of Australian aviation services, air cargo in Australia is secured from its point of origin to being loaded on an aircraft. This is in accordance with the international 'Standards and Recommended Practices' set out in Annex 17 of the Chicago Convention, administered by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The Department is responsible for administering the following air cargo security schemes:

The Department is also responsible for administering Prohibitions on inbound international air cargo.