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Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

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.

Air Cargo Security Policy Development

The Department is aware that industry has been expecting details about changes to Australia's air cargo security framework and how these changes may impact your business.

Following the change of Government in late 2013, the Minister asked for further work on policy options for improving air cargo security.

While a decision has not been made at this stage on the Regulated Shipper Scheme or enhanced examination, it will not commence from 1 July 2014.

Current industry participants do not need to take any action and should continue to operate business as usual until further advised.

The Department will consult further with industry as it works through the options, including:

  • the broad direction for air cargo security policy, and
  • specific minor changes designed to clarify industry participants' obligations and reduce unnecessary regulatory processes.

Consultation on these matters will commence in March 2014. If you wish to participate in this consultation, please register.

Need more information?

Contact the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Phone: 1800 007 024
Email: aircargosecurity@infrastructure.gov.au
Website: www.infrastructure.gov.au/transport/security/cargo

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Last Updated: 20 February, 2014