Air cargo security
The purpose of the Act is to establish a regulatory framework to safeguard against unlawful interference with civil aviation and maintain and improve aviation security.
This is done in accordance with international standards and practices set out in Annex 17 of the Chicago Convention administered by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Department is responsible for administering the Act and the Regulations through the Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA), Accredited Air Cargo Agent (AACA), and Known Consignor Schemes.
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Amendments to the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005
The RACA scheme applies to businesses that make arrangements with airlines that carry air cargo or operate a site for the purpose of storage, handling, examination, or processing of air cargo.
The AACA scheme covers businesses that transport cargo by road and that is destined for carriage by air, such as courier companies.
The Known Consignor Scheme was opened by the Department on 1 November 2016. Businesses that originate international air cargo are eligible to apply to join by submitting an expression of interest.
The Australian Government has imposed prohibitions on the carriage of air cargo that has originated from, or transited through, Syria, Egypt, Bangladesh, Yemen and Somalia. These new measures supersede previous prohibitions in place for the carriage of air cargo from Yemen and Somalia.
The United States (US) requires airlines transporting air cargo to the US on passenger flights are examined at piece-level. Australian-based exporters, freight forwarders and airlines will be required to adopt new security measures to comply with this requirement by July 2017.
Updates for air cargo industry participants.