Case Study 4.2 - Checked baggage screening at regional airports
During 2008 and 2009 the Department's Office of Transport Security worked closely with industry to deliver comprehensive checked baggage screening through explosive detection system (EDS) capable x-ray equipment at 29 regional airports across Australia. This initiative is the most recent in a series of projects aimed at achieving national uniformity in checked baggage screening within Australian jet airports.
The first stage of the process was implemented at the end of 2004 when checked baggage screening was introduced to all international flights departing Australian airports. By August 2007, as a priority within the Australian aviation security policy framework, checked baggage screening had been introduced to domestic flights at all 11 major airports around the nation.
In May 2007, having already mandated complete checked baggage screening for international and domestic services departing from these major airports, the Australian Government announced a $15.4 million extension to the checked baggage screening framework. In order to achieve an increase in consistency and integrity in Australia's aviation security framework, checked baggage screening would now be implemented in relation to all baggage carried on regular public transport jet services departing from regional airports. The final phase of this extension, regarding the installation of fixed EDS-capable x-ray equipment, began on 1 December 2008.
The following airports were assisted through the delivery of this extension:
- the Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Norfolk Island airports in New South Wales;
- the Ayers Rock and Gove airports in the Northern Territory;
- the Launceston airport in Tasmania;
- the Hamilton Island, Hervey Bay, Mackay, Maroochydore, Mount Isa, Proserpine, Rockhampton and Townsville airports in Queensland;
- the Avalon airport in Victoria; and
- the Argyle, Broome, Christmas Island, Cocos Island, Derby, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra, Learmonth, Newman, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland and Ravensthorpe airports in Western Australia.
The Department's delivery of the checked baggage screening program assisted the airports to meet their regulatory requirements while achieving better value for money through innovative funding and management initiatives.
- Airports were provided with desktop implementation reviews conducted by a checked baggage screening expert, suggesting possible implementation solutions and providing a basis for negotiations with equipment manufacturers.
- The Department offered bulk purchase price costs to the individual airports.
The program concluded on 30 June 2009. It was delivered by the Department on time and within budget, through strong stakeholder collaboration and sound program management practices.
An Explosive Detection System (EDS) capable x-ray machine situated at Broome International Airport as part of the Department's Checked Baggage Screening initiative.