Information for Australian Travellers
Since September 2001, the Australian Government has made a strong commitment to fight terrorism and increase the security of all Australians.
The terrorist attacks in Jakarta and Bali underscore the ongoing threat posed by international terrorism, as do the attacks against the public transport systems in the United Kingdom and Spain.
In this environment we need more security measures to ensure the safety of the travelling public. The Australian Government has introduced many new transport security measures, such as passenger and baggage screening at airports.
When you travel you may be affected by transport security measures. You may encounter delays at airports at screening points or be asked to undertake an explosive trace detection test. Security measures can seem an inconvenience, but it is important to remember they are in place to protect us.
When travelling please remember to:
- be patient with queues or delays caused by security checks
- allow extra time for journeys
- do not leave packages or bags unattended
- do not pack prohibited items or dangerous goods.
If travelling overseas it is essential that you keep yourself informed of the security status of the countries you are visiting. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides up-to-date security status for more than 120 countries.
How you can help
Every member of the community can help in protecting Australia. If you see anything that concerns you, contact the 24-hour Australian National Security Hotline 1800 123 400 (you can remain anonymous) or email: email@example.com. For more information visit the Australia National Security website.