Media Screening & Security FAQs
Screening of passengers, carry-on baggage and checked baggage at Australian airports is designed to ensure the safety and security of regular public transport aircraft and all passengers and crew on board. The process
is regulated by the Australian Government and screening Authorities, appointed by the Government, are responsible for carrying out the passenger and checked baggage screening requirements. Screening Authorities may be major airlines, airport owners or airport operators and, at some major airports, there can be more than one screening authority e.g.at Brisbane Domestic Terminal, Qantas, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) and Virgin Australia are all screening authorities and are responsible for the screening processes in their own areas of the terminal. Due to the International Terminal being a “common user” terminal, the screening authority is BAC.
We get many questions about security and screening which, while mandated and regulated by the Australian Government, is managed by a number of agencies across major Australian airports. Below are links to sites where’ll you’ll find the most up to date information about airline and airport security measures in Australia:
Checked Baggage Screening
- Screening of passengers checked baggage at Domestic and International Australian airports is conducted by the relevant screening authority at the airport. In most cases, this will be the operator of the airport from which you have departed, or the airline on which you are travelling.
- Checked baggage screening is designed to detect explosives and improvised explosive devices and prevent them from being loaded onto an aircraft.
- For further information please see: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/domestic/faq/airport_checks.aspx
- All major Australian airports must conduct a the base level of security screening as set out and regulated by the Australian Government, including x-raying of all hand carried items, explosive trace detection and walk through metal detection machinery.
- The base level of screening for both Domestic and International flights is described at http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/.
- Screening at major International airports has been heightened in accordance with the ICAO requirements and also includes: restrictions on the carriage of liquids, aerosols and gels that may be taken on board (http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/lags/index.aspx) the introduction of technology such as millimetre wave body scanning (http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/bodyscanners/index.aspx); and additional security screening/checks (http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/screening/index.aspx).
The latest videos outlining the screening process for Domestic travel can be found at; http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/ and for International travel at; http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/screening/index.aspx.
Prohibited items and Dangerous Goods
Some items were never intended to be taken on-board an aircraft for safety reasons and others represent a security risk. That’s why there are restrictions on what you can pack in your carry-on baggage. These restrictions are in place to help you and others have a safe journey when travelling within and to and from Australia.
- A list of prohibited items for Domestic flights can be found at http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/domestic/prohibited_items.aspx.
- A list of prohibited items for International flights can be found at http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/onboard/prohibited_items.aspx.
Information regarding Dangerous Goods and the carriage or prohibition of these items in the aircraft cabin and in checked baggage can also be found on these respective web sites.
Security and travellers with special needs
- For information to help passengers with special needs get through security checks as easily and as smoothly as possible can be found at http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/special_needs.aspx
- Other Australian Government aviation related links can be found here http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/govt_security.aspx
Agencies Roles & Resposibility at Australian Airports
BAC works closely with a number of agencies to ensure the safety and security all major Australian airports. Outlined below are the roles and responsibilities of different agencies at Brisbane Airport:
Australian Federal Police (AFP) – http://www.afp.gov.au/. The AFP is the primary law-enforcement agency at 10 major Australian airports: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Law-enforcement in Australia's aviation environment includes deterring, preventing and responding to threats of terror, investigating serious and organised crime in the aviation sector and performing a uniformed policing role.
AFP activities in the aviation environment include:
- targeting organised crime in the air stream
- deterring acts of terrorism
- providing a uniformed policing presence
- providing first response to acts of terrorism and emergency incidents
- collecting and analysing aviation intelligence
- conducting investigations.
Queensland Police Service (QPS) - http://www.police.qld.gov.au/ QPS has legal authority to take complete control of all major incidents in Queensland, including airport emergencies. QPS may invoke the Public Safety Preservation Act, 1986 (PSPA).
When a major incident has been declared under the PSPA, QPS is authorised to:
Take control of any resource;
Direct any person capable of operating the resource to do so under Police direction;
Direct the evacuation or exclusion of any person from any premises;
Close to traffic and pedestrians, any road, right of way or access way including the airport;
Enter any premises using force if necessary;
Search any premises and anything found inside the premises; and
Direct any person to assist the Police in the manner specified by the Police.
Australian Customs and Border Protection Services - http://www.customs.gov.au/ Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) manages the security and integrity of Australia's borders. They work closely with other government and international agencies, in particular the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Department of Defence, to detect and deter unlawful movement of goods and people across the border. Important information for travellers can be found here http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4224.asp
Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) - http://www.daff.gov.au/ One of DAFF’s responsibility is to protect the health and safety of our plant and animal industries from the impact of exotic pests and diseases by providing front line defence in the form of providing quarantine and inspection services at international airports throughout Australia.
- Passengers arriving in Australia can go here http://www.daff.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/114242/arriving-declareit.pdf for information on what needs to be declared. If in doubt, declare it!