Police Powers at Airports - reporting

Explanatory note

On 29 April 2020, the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Police Powers at Airports) Act 2019 came into effect, making changes to the Crimes Act 1914 to ensure police have consistent move on and identity checking powers at all major airports across Australia. The Amendments update and replace previous provisions of the Crimes Act, which required suspicion that an offence is likely to occur or has occurred before an identity check request could be made. Police (including state and territory police) and Protective Service Officers (PSOs) now have the ability to direct individuals to provide their identity, to move people on from the airport, or direct them not to catch a flight if they are exhibiting suspicious or unusual behaviour. The new thresholds ensure police officers and PSOs can engage with persons at the earliest opportunity to assess any potential threat and/or risk to public safety.

2019-20 Financial Year

Six Move on Directions and one identity check have been issued since the new powers came into effect on 29 April 2020. This number is reflective of the current COVID-19 environment.

Date Type of Direction Airport

14/5/2020

Identity

Canberra

20/05/2020

Move on

Gold Coast

1/6/2020

Move on

Adelaide

9/06/2020

Move on

Sydney

9/06/2020

Move on

Sydney

16/6/2020

Move on

Brisbane

21/06/2020

Move on

Sydney

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