Aviation Transport Security Act (2004) (the Act) and the
Aviation Transport Security Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 (the Regulations) businesses that examine and security clear international air cargo must be approved as Regulated Air Cargo Agents (RACA).
As a RACA, you must:
- agree to and comply with a RACA Security Program provided by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department)
- sign and return to the Department, a statement of undertaking to give effect to the obligations under the Act and Regulations
- examine and clear international air cargo in accordance with either the
Air Cargo Examination (ACE) or
Enhanced Air Cargo Examination (EACE) notice, and protect the security of all cargo from the moment you receive an item until it leaves your possession
- provide your employees with ongoing security awareness training, and
- be subject to periodic compliance checks by the Department.
Examining air cargo
A RACA must examine and clear international air cargo in accordance with either the ACE or EACE notice. This notice is issued to a regulated business once you are approved as a RACA.
Apply to become a RACA
You must submit an expression of interest to become a RACA. Once you submit an expression of interest, you will be sent an application package to complete.
The Department will assess whether your business meets the criteria to become a RACA and contact you about your application. You may be required to undergo a site validation inspection.
To begin an application, you must submit an
expression of interest.
RACAs are required to notify the Department of a change of circumstance, in writing, within seven days. Change of circumstances should be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must contain relevant supporting written documentation authorised by the Company Director or the listed security contact.
RACA security awareness training
RACAs are required to ensure that all relevant staff complete some form of security awareness training. The Department provides an online eLearning module to RACAs at no cost to enable them to fulfil this obligation.
To access the eLearning module, send an email request to
Should a business elect not to use the Department's module, they may provide their own training to staff, provided it meets the Department's specific learning outcomes. For more information, contact the Department at
Under the Act, the details of RACAs may be published. While every effort has been made to ensure details within the RACA List are correct and current there may be some discrepancies. It is a requirement of the Regulations that RACAs notify the Department of a change of circumstance, in writing, within seven days.
Frequently asked questions
For further information on the RACA scheme, refer to the
frequently asked questions.