Air Cargo Security Newsletter—July 2014—Issue 8

Welcome to the Eighth Edition of Air Cargo Security News

The Office of Transport Security, part of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, has been working with industry to develop a more secure end-to-end supply chain for our air cargo exports.

In this issue:

Air Cargo Supply Chain Security—Next steps

As our email of 18 March 2014 said, the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, The Hon Warren Truss MP, asked the Office of Transport Security (OTS) to develop new options for air cargo security.

To help develop these options, OTS has been talking with industry and other security agencies to identify current and future risks to the supply chain, as well as existing risk controls. OTS has also been talking with other agencies that regulate the air cargo supply chain to find where we can recognise existing processes to ease the burden on business.

When the Minister has agreed, these options will be shown to stakeholders in the air cargo industry to ask for their views and suggestions.

Future editions of this newsletter will provide more information on when OTS will go out for consultation and how you can be a part of the process.

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Security Awareness Training Product

The Department is finalising training resources to help Industry Participants (IPs) to deliver security awareness training. This includes an online eLearning module—Air Cargo Security Awareness Training.

The eLearning module is interactive and includes scenarios and assessment questions, and will be made available to all supply chain IPs (both Accredited Air Cargo Agents (AACAs) and Regulated Air Cargo Agents (RACAs)).

The module raises general security awareness and gives employees an understanding of their role and responsibilities within the workplace. The topics covered in the module include the supply chain and threat environment; suspicious activities and cargo; general security measures and procedures to protect the security of cargo; and reporting procedures.

The new training resources will be introduced with the plan to eventually replace the current RACA Security Training Framework (RACA STF) and AACA Online training—following further consultation with industry.

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Proposed RACA TSP and regulatory changes

Consultation for the discussion paper Proposed Regulatory Amendments to the Aviation Transport Security Regulations (2005) closed on 31 March 2014. The Department thanks industry participants who put in submissions.

We are currently looking at all the comments received to find refinements to Transport Security Plans (TSPs) and regulations that would make TSPs more efficient, remove redundancies and reduce costs but which could be put in place with minor impacts on current air cargo security arrangements. A more detailed proposal for industry comment will be available in the coming months.

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Transport Security Outlook to 2025

In the coming weeks OTS will release a Transport Security Outlook to 2025 (the Outlook) to provide a five to ten year forecast of what the future likely holds for transport security.  The Outlook document will reflect a comprehensive environmental scan of the key drivers of change globally and locally that will shape this likely future covering: economic conditions; transport industry growth (and shifts in travel and trade); technological and social change; Government priorities; and the security environment itself.

The Outlook is intended to give OTS a basis for working more effectively with stakeholders in planning for the future.  It will also assist OTS to establish a sustainable regulatory framework and business model that can meet future growth and likely complexity in the Australian transport industry.

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The Aviation Security Quarterly Reports (ASQR)

The Aviation Security Quarterly Reports (ASQR) are prepared by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, to tell the aviation industry about current aviation security issues.

The report uses information provided by a range of Australian Government agencies. The ASQR adds to the Department's Aviation Security Risk Context Statement (Aviation RCS) ofFebruary 2013, and assists industry with security planning, conducting security risk assessments and in staff security training.

The ASQR helps increase staff security awareness of the need to remain alert to the terrorist threat.

ASQR 01/2014 covers terrorist attack methods, a profile on Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab, and a summary of the Preventive Security Element—Response.

ASQR 02/2014 gives an overview of the Syrian conflict, and what this means for Australia aviation, the Quarterly Quantitative Event Report and a summary of the Preventive Security Element—Detection of Weapons and prohibited Items.  This ASQR will be released shortly.

RACA and AACA businesses can access the reports and the Aviation RCS through the Security Analysis GovDex portal https://govdex.gov.au/

Please contact OTSP_securityanalysis@infrastructure.gov.au if you require any assistance with this site.

If you would like more information about the future air cargo supply chain security framework or to provide us with feedback, please contact the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Phone 1800 007 024 (Free Call)
Email supplychaininformation@infrastructure.gov.au
Web infrastructure.gov.au/security/air-cargo

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