Mar 18, 2010

Parliament moves to strengthen aviation security

Parliament moves to strengthen aviation security

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 18 2010

The Parliament has approved new laws strengthening security arrangements within the nation’s aviation sector.

The Aviation Transport Security Amendment (2009 Measures No. 1) Bill 2009:

  • Allows for unannounced inspections of the many air cargo companies located off airport land. Previously, inspections of such facilities could only occur following reasonable notice.
  • Gives aviation security inspectors the power to direct airport operators, screening authorities and screening officers in the event of an emergency. Up until now they could only direct the movements of aircraft.
  • Better deploys security resources across airports, with the measures to be taken at each, reflective of the assessed risk.
  • Introduces a broader range of penalties for operators that breach their Transport Security Program. Previously, a breach could immediately trigger cancellation of the Program, preventing a freight company or airline from operating.

While Australia has an enviable safety record, we cannot take anything for granted.

The legislation puts in place measures foreshadowed in the Government’s Aviation White Paper and complements last month’s $200 million Aviation Security package.

The Rudd Labor Government will continue to take action to make sure the nation’s aviation security regime continues to adapt to emerging threats, with security agencies equipped with the necessary tools.