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SLI 2012 No. 5 Regulations as made
This Regulation amends the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005.
Administered by: Infrastructure and Transport
Made 09 Feb 2012
Registered 10 Feb 2012
Tabled HR 15 Feb 2012
Tabled Senate 27 Feb 2012
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Infrastructure and Regional Development (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014


Select Legislative Instrument 2012 No. 5


Subject –         Aviation Transport Security Act 2004

Aviation Transport Security Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1)

The Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 (the Act) establishes a regulatory framework to protect the security of civil aviation in Australia.


Section 133 of the Act provides that the Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with the Act, prescribing matters required or permitted by the Act to be prescribed, or necessary or convenient to be prescribed, for carrying out or giving effect to the Act.

The Government announced as part of the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2011-12, the withdrawal of Australian Federal Police resources from Alice Springs Airport.

The decision is in line with the Government’s aviation security objective of a layered and proportionate response to threats and aligning resources against threat profile. The decision also reflects the fact that Alice Springs Airport does not receive any international flights and its total passenger figures are substantially less than other major airports.

The Northern Territory Police will continue to have jurisdiction at Alice Springs Airport.

To give effect to the Government’s decision, the Principal Regulations are amended to alter the definition of designated airport contained at regulation 1.03. Alice Springs Airport will be omitted from the definition. This would mean that Alice Springs Airport would no longer require a counter-terrorist first response function.

The regulation amendment does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms.

Details of the amendment to the Regulations are set out in Attachment A.

The Act does not impose any conditions that need to be satisfied before the power to make the proposed Regulations may be exercised.

The Regulations are legislative instruments for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

The amendment contained in the Aviation Transport Security Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1) would commence upon registration.

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport consulted with the key stakeholders, Northern Territory Airports the owners of Alice Springs Airport and the Australian Federal Police. Stakeholders were given the opportunity to provide input into the development of the amending Regulation on 9 January 2012.




Details of the proposed Aviation Transport Security Regulation 2012 (No. 1)


Regulation 1 – Name of Regulation

This regulation provides that the title of the Regulations is the Aviation Transport Security Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1).


Regulation 2 – Commencement

This regulation provides that the Regulations commence on the day after it is registered.


Regulation 3 – Amendment of Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005

This regulation provides that the Principal Regulations are amended as set out in Schedule 1.


Schedule 1 – Amendments


[1]  Regulation 1.03, definition of designated airport


This item omits Alice Springs Airport from the definition of designated airport. The term identifies those airports which need to enter into an agreement with a counter-terrorist first response service provider at regulation 3.29.