Australia Updated TSP Requirements

The Australia Department of Home Affairs has recently clarified the regulations regarding Transportation Security Program (TSP) requirements for flights to/from Australia to include Private flights. Previously the TSP requirements had only been enforced on GA charter flights; upon re-examination of the regulations by the Department of Home Affairs, it was established that the legislation does not differentiate between private, commercial, non-commercial, remuneration or hire, and so covers all civilian aviation.

Per the legislation provided by the Department of Home Affairs, anyone who provides, or offers to provide, transportation of persons and/or goods by air is an 'aircraft operator' for the purposes of the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 (ATSA) and Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 (ATSR).  
All aircraft operators have a legal obligation to report aviation security incidents and to ensure that there are measures in place to prevent access to the aircraft by unauthorized persons.


Required to Hold a TSP

Operators of any of the following air services are required to hold a TSP: 
  • A regular public transport (RPT) operation;
  • An air service in which a jet is used; or
  • An air service in which an aircraft with a certified MTOW greater than 5,700kg is used.
These types of air services are called 'prescribed air services'.


Possible Exemptions

Examples of flights identified that may not need TSPs include:

  • A lone pilot (with no goods, passengers, family members etc) flying their own plane
  • Sports and joy flights
  • Crop dusting
  • Firebombing
  • Test flights


Representatives from the Department of Home Affairs have stated that with the clarification of this legislation they are receiving an influx of questions and new applications. They have stated that they will attempt to lessen the turnaround time for approvals going forward, but there is no assurance if and when that will happen. It is recommended that Operators who plan to (or even potentially plan to) operate to Australia begin the process of preparing their TSP application as soon as possible to avoid potential disruption to their Australian operations. Requesting the assistance of an experienced Trip Support Provider is highly recommended to ensure a smooth process and the most efficient turnaround time.

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What is a Prescribed Air Service?

An Air Service is defined in the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004, 1.03 Definitions as a service of providing air transportation of people or goods, or both people and goods. In addition to holding a TSP, operators of prescribed air services must also undertake pre-flight security checks (ATSR regulation 4.69) and comply with weapons/prohibited item restrictions (ATSR regulations 4.59, 4.59A and 4.65). There are also restrictions on who may enter the cockpit (ATSR regulation 4.67).
The ATSA and ATSR do not generally require closed charter/private flights to undergo screening before take-off. However, the particular security measures and procedures in place at individual airports may result in persons/items being required to undergo screening in order to access the aircraft/pass through certain points of the airport.
In general, the published lead time to obtain an approved TSP is up to 60 days. It is up to the authorities discretion as to whether to take action against an Operator of a flight to Australia without an approved TSP. Once approved, the TSP is Operator-specific and applies to all aircraft in their fleet. Whenever changes are made to the fleet such as addition of aircraft, or if there are changes to internal security procedures, the TSP should be updated accordingly. TSP’s are valid for 5 years. 


Security level: 2
The overall assessment of threats in Australia is low. The primary security concern for travelers to Australia is opportunistic property crime. Violent crime associated with street gangs and drug trafficking does take place, but generally does not affect travelers. Occasional strikes and demonstrations have the potential to disrupt transportation or other services. Australia's role in combating international terrorism, as well as its status as a popular destination for foreign travelers and businesses, increases its allue as a potential target of attack.
World Fuel Services partners with UnitedHealthcare Global Risk to offer superior security intelligence and risk mitigation services. Special reports are provided by UnitedHealthcare Global Risk.



About the Author

Pete Bennett - Manager, Global Trip Support, Singapore
As Manager, Global Trip Support, Singapore for World Fuel Services, Pete Bennett oversees the day-to-day operations of the Singapore, Shanghai, and Mumbai Trip Support teams. Since joining World Fuel Services in 2004, he has been instrumental in the development of the International Trip Support department, having held positions as Operations Team Supervisor and Operations Floor Supervisor before being promoted to Trip Support management in 2009. He is currently based in the World Fuel Services Singapore office where he has been since July 2016. Pete holds an FAA Dispatch License and a Private Pilot Certificate.

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