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Security Information for Travellers


The following security information is designed to help you make your journey as easy as possible. Visit the TravelSECURE website for more aviation security information from the Australian Government.

Top tips

Read TravelSECURE’s top tips for clearing airport security screening quickly and smoothly. 

What you cannot take onboard

Visit the TravelSecure website for the rules regarding what you cannot take through a security screening point (either on you or in your carry-on baggage) and onto an aircraft.

Liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs)

Please visit our Liquids, aerosols and gels page for more information.

Passenger security screening for domestic flights

Visit the TravelSECURE website for information about passenger security screening for domestic flights.

Passenger security screening for international flights

Visit the TravelSECURE website for information about passenger security screening for international flights.

Airport body scanners

Body Scanners At Australian AirportsBody scanners represent the most advanced passenger screening technology available and are capable of detecting a range of sophisticated threats beyond those detected by conventional screening technologies. For more information, please visit the TravelSECURE website for information about body scanners.

Carry-on baggage security screening

For information about carry-on baggage security screening, visit TravelSecure’s Carry-on baggage security screening page.

Travelling with laptops

Visit the TravelSECURE website for information about travelling with a laptop.

Checked baggage screening

Visit the TravelSECURE website for information about checked baggage security screening.

Personal bag security: Bag strapping at Sydney Airport

A luggage-wrapping service is offered by TrueStar in the International Terminal (T1) on the departures level. 

Travelling with sporting equipment

Visit the TravelSECURE website for information about travelling with sporting equipment.

Travelling with children

For information about travelling with children, visit our Travelling with children page.

Special assistance

Information for people requiring special assistance is available by visiting our Special assistance page.

Information in other languages

Visit the TravelSecure website for security information in other languages.

Strong focus on aviation security

Regardless of your destination, Sydney Airport plays an essential role in your trip. Sydney Airport also forms an integral part of Australia’s aviation industry as many businesses and organisations operate at or utilise Sydney Airport in various ways. 

The Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 (ATSA) and Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 (ATSRs) provide the legislative framework for aviation security. The ATSA requires Aviation Industry Participants (AIP) such as Sydney Airport to have a Transport Security Program (TSP). A TSP outlines the security risk environment, and what measures and procedures an AIP has in place to deter and detect unlawful interference with aviation. The general objective of Sydney Airport’s TSP is to safeguard Sydney Airport’s operations, including personnel, assets and infrastructure, against unlawful interference with aviation; and to increase public confidence in aviation security arrangements. 

Security throughout the airport precinct is coordinated and given the highest priority. Government-regulated security requirements are a key focus of Sydney Airport. Frontline security roles are primarily performed by contracted specialist security firms, with Sydney Airport as the Aviation Security Management and Screening Authority maintaining a strong policy, management, quality control and coordination role. We continually seek to deliver enhanced aviation security outcomes and take a flexible approach to meet contemporary threats.

Our approach to security is risk-based, multi-layered and integrated. Aviation security measures and procedures are designed to deter and detect unlawful interference with aviation and to provide for a safe and secure environment for passengers, visitors and staff.

One of the most visible security layers to the public is security screening. Passenger screening at Sydney Airport-operated terminals (T1 and T2) is performed to Australian Government regulatory standards using x-ray machines, walk-through and hand-held metal detectors, explosive trace detection systems with random and continuous explosive detection tests of passengers and carry-on bags. International travellers transiting through Australia are also security screened before they board their connecting flight.

Another visible security layer to the public is the presence of permanent protective security patrols which operate in each terminal as well as around the airside perimeter. We also work closely with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) who deliver a uniformed police presence at Sydney Airport. The AFP conducts deterrent patrols and provides a law enforcement first response capability. This includes specialist and visible mobile, foot and bike patrols along with technical support from bomb appraisal teams and explosive detection dogs, all of which provide an intelligence-driven, proactive and flexible security presence.

Behind this visible security layer is a network of multi-layered and integrated security systems technology which mostly goes unnoticed or unseen. There is an access control system with an extensive network of closed circuit TV cameras which operate 24 hours a day. X-ray equipment capable of explosives detection allows for automated scanning of all passenger checked baggage to prevent explosives from being loaded into the hold of an aircraft.

Aviation Security Identification Cards (ASICs) are another layer of security and are used at airports to help identify airport or airline employees who have undergone government and law enforcement background checks so only people who have been background checked are permitted to be in secure areas of airports unsupervised. The ASIC program aims to help reduce the risk of unlawful interference with aviation through crime or terrorism.

Sydney Airport has an in-house team of security specialists who provide advice and guidance on security risk management and policy standards to meet government mandates and corporate requirements. A security quality control program also operates audits and system testing regularly to ensure achievement of security outcomes and regulatory compliance.

Sydney Airport relies on all airport organisations and employees to fulfil their security responsibilities and report security concerns. Organisations operating at Sydney Airport are responsible for ensuring all personnel and/or contractors under their control comply with Sydney Airport’s TSP, the ATSA and ATSRs.

Passengers and visitors to the airport also have an important role to play in aviation security and contribute to our multi-layered security approach. Security awareness signs, posters and public announcements are designed to convey important security information to passengers and visitors at Sydney Airport and encourage the reporting of security concerns.


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