Air Cargo Security

To prevent unlawful interference with aviation, the Australian Government has in place measures that require air cargo to be security cleared before it can be loaded on an aircraft. These measures apply to businesses that security clear, handle or make arrangements for the transport of air cargo.

Supply chain security for air cargo is regulated under the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 and is currently administered through the Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA) and Accredited Air Cargo Agent (AACA) schemes.

Current Regulated and Accredited Air Cargo Agent Schemes

The RACA Scheme applies to businesses that make arrangements with airlines for the carriage of air cargo or operate a site for the purpose of storage, handling, examination, or processing of air cargo.

The AACA Scheme complements the existing RACA Scheme. The AACA Scheme covers businesses that provide road transport of cargo destined for carriage by air, such as courier companies.

US-Bound Air Cargo Security Arrangements

The Australian Government is reviewing its air cargo security arrangements to introduce 100 per cent piece-level examination for US-Bound air cargo to help Australian businesses to meet their US air cargo security obligations.  

For more information please visit US-Bound Air Cargo Security Arrangements.

Need more information?

Contact the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development


Last Updated: 20 October, 2015