Screener Accreditation Scheme

The Australian Government is introducing a screener accreditation scheme (the scheme). The scheme will ensure that those responsible for screening in the maritime, air cargo and aviation sectors have the skills and knowledge they need to respond to the evolving threat environment. It will also ensure consistency in screening standards across the three sectors.

The new scheme is anticipated to commence in late 2018, pending regulatory approval.

What's changing?

Under the new scheme, screening officers will need to be accredited before they can make independent screening decisions or clear cargo for uplift. To become accredited, new recruits will have to meet all components of the scheme. This includes completing a new Certificate II in Transport Security Protection, undertaking a minimum period of on-the-job training and passing an accreditation test.

New qualification

New recruits will need to complete a Certificate II in Transport Security Protection. The new qualification will focus specifically on security screening and examination in the maritime, aviation and air cargo sectors. It will replace existing qualification requirements, following an appropriate phase-out period.

On-the-job training

New recruits will need to meet minimum on-the-job training requirements before sitting the accreditation test.

Annual accreditation test

All screening officers will have to pass an annual accreditation test before they can make independent screening decisions or clear cargo for uplift.

More details about the changes will be made available as the project progresses.

How will this affect existing screening officers?

The skills and experience of existing screening officers will be recognised and they will not need to obtain the new qualification or undergo on-the-job training. However, they will need to pass the annual accreditation test to continue to make independent screening decisions. An appropriate transition period will ensure minimal disruption to operations.

When will the changes come into effect?

Transition to the screener accreditation scheme is anticipated to commence in late 2018.

Why are the changes being made?

The education and training of screening officers is being strengthened in response to recommendations made by the Inspector of Transport Security in 2016.