Regulated air cargo agent (RACA) scheme

Under the 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 RACAs.

As a RACA, you must:

  • agree to and comply with a RACA Security Program provided by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (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

Contact the Department to submit an expression of interest to become a RACA. You will be required to complete the RACA application form and provide other supporting documentation which will be explained upon initial contact with the Department.

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.

Email: eace@infrastructure.gov.au

Notifying changes

RACAs are required to notify the Department of a change of circumstance, in writing, within seven (7) days. Change of circumstances should be emailed to eace@infrastructure.gov.au. 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: aircargosecurity@infrastructure.gov.au.

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 eace@infrastructure.gov.au.

RACA list

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 (7) days.

Frequently Asked Questions

For further information on the RACA scheme, please refer to the frequently asked questions.