Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative
On 9 February 2010, the Australian Government announced the Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative; a comprehensive package of measures to strengthen Australia's international and domestic aviation security regime against emerging threats. Over four years, the Government will invest in new and improved security technologies, increased policing at airports, enhanced security procedures, as well as strengthened international cooperation.
Measures set out in the Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative are being implemented through funding administered by the Programme Assessment and Subsidy Payment Office under the Optimal Technologies Programme (now closed) and the Regional and Domestic Aviation Security Programme.
Regional and Domestic Aviation Security Programme
The Regional and Domestic Aviation Security Programme is to assist the aviation industry to introduce a range of security measures at regional and domestic passenger screening points.
The Department is currently accepting applications under the Regional and Domestic Aviation Security Programme New Entrant Regional Airport Programme in line with the guidelines published below:
Regional and Domestic Aviation Security New Entrant Regional Airport Programme
Guidelines for the provision of funding assistance support the purchase of basic screening equipment at regional airports that need to develop a screening capability to meet regulatory changes for aircraft operating regular public transport (RPT) and open charter services with a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) greater than 20,000 kilograms introduced on 1 July 2012.
Funding for this programme ceases on 30 June 2014. The Department is currently accepting applications under this programme. To ensure applications are processed in time to allow payments to be made prior to 30 June 2014, applications should be submitted to the Department no later than 1 May 2014.
- Regional and Domestic Aviation Security New Entrant Regional Airport Programme [PDF: 99 KB] 
On 10 December 2011 amendments to the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 allowing for the classification of airports commenced. A further amendment took effect in December 2012. These amendments allow the Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport to assign each security controlled airport a category. The category an airport is assigned will be relevant in determining the requirements for the security screening of passengers, personal effects and checked baggage.
The airport classification system provides cost effective support to the extension of security screening for aircraft between 20,000 and 30,000 kg maximum takeoff weight. Existing screening requirements remain for aircraft 30,000 kg and greater.
- Table outlining each gazetted airport and their classification [PDF: 339 KB] 
Securing the Air Cargo Supply Chain Initiative
The Australian Government is working with industry to build a more secure end-to-end supply chain for our air cargo exports, involving those who produce, move or uplift goods on an aircraft.
For businesses operating within this environment these changes may result in future business opportunities as well as regulatory obligations. Under the new framework, export cargo will be ‘cleared’ for transport aboard an aircraft either by originating from a Regulated Shipper or through being examined using approved methods.
More information about the new air cargo security framework can be found on the Securing the Air Cargo Supply Chain Initiative page.
Enquiries regarding the Strengthening Aviation Security Initiative can be sent to the Programme Assessment and Subsidy Payment Office firstname.lastname@example.org.