The Australian Government has introduced new regulations aimed at strengthening security at the country’s airports.
The amendments to the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 include the introduction of security screening for airport workers, stringent access controls and additional training on security awareness.
It is expected that the changes will make airside areas more secure and mitigate the insider threat.
Australia’s Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said: “Airport workers, together with their vehicles and belongings, will be randomly selected for explosive trace detection testing and other screening when entering or working in secure airside areas at major airports.
“These measures strengthen existing controls to ensure airport workers are authorised, properly identified and appropriately trained before entering secure airside areas. They may also be subject to security screening in the course of their duties.
“The measures will be progressively implemented and will provide flexibility for airports to ensure they continue to function efficiently and effectively. The Australian Government continues to counter security threats and is committed to providing the Australian public with safe and secure air travel.”
The initiatives of the government are being seen as a response to a failed attempt to blow-up a flight leaving Sydney in July.
Security at Australian airports was enhanced and detailed measures were taken following the alleged ‘Islamic-inspired’ terrorist attack.