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Effective management and oversight of Australia's aviation security environment

Key strategy Performance indicators Achievement
Effective management and oversight of Australia's aviation security environment.
(Contributing division: Aviation and Airports Policy)
Implementation of effective aviation security measures by industry, including additional security measures in response to threat and intelligence advice.

Key achievements

Aviation Security Review

In December 2002 and January 2003, the government announced its decisions on the review of passenger and baggage screening arrangements at Australian airports and the review of access control and Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) arrangements.

The main points of the government's announcements were:

  • introduction of 100 per cent Checked Bag Screening (CBS) for international flights by 31 December 2004
  • a domestic CBS capacity to be introduced at major terminals by the same date
  • development of a new and more comprehensive ASIC card for introduction in 2003-04
  • the inclusion of a Politically Motivated Violence check for all ASIC applicants and card holders.

In the interim the department is working in consultation with industry towards checking and renewing all ASIC cards during the 2003-04 period.

ANAO Report on Aviation Security

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) Audit Report No 26-Aviation Security in Australia, Department of Transport and Regional Services was tabled out of session on 16 January 2003. It endorsed the department's response to the events of 11 September 2001 and noted that the regulatory framework for aviation security is comprehensive. It found that:

  • the department's monitoring regime was essentially sound, but could be improved
  • improvements could be made with regard to action taken by the department to correct non-compliance with aviation security standards.

The report made six recommendations covering air cargo, industry monitoring and compliance with aviation security standards, enhancement of the security management information system and development of performance indicators. The department accepted all six recommendations and implementation is being monitored by the department's Audit Committee.

The department's aim is to have addressed all six ANAO recommendations by the second half of 2004. Comprehensive responses are in some cases dependent on actions by other parties, including approval of regulations.

Air Security Officer (ASO) Programme

As part of the government's response to the threat of terrorism, the Prime Minister announced the deployment of ASOs on Australian domestic and international flights. The government subsequently endorsed this announcement with the Australian Protective Service being tasked to implement the operational aspects of the programme and the department given policy responsibility.

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