Police Powers at Airports - reporting 2020-21

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.

2020-21 Financial Year

Eleven Move on Directions and six identity check have been issued for the 2020 – 21 financial year. This number is reflective of the current COVID-19 environment.

Date Type of Direction Airport

01/09/2020

Move on Direction

Sydney

19/09/2020

Move on Directions

Brisbane

23/09/2020

Move on Direction

Melbourne

30/10/2020

Move on Direction

Brisbane

01/12/2020

Identity Check

Canberra

04/12/2020

Identity Check

Cairns

07/12/2020

Move on Direction

Sydney

05/01/2021

Move on Direction

Sydney

19/01/2021

Move on Direction

Canberra

26/01/2021

Identity Check

Canberra

25/02/2021

Move on Direction

Gold Coast

03/03/2021

Move on Direction

Melbourne

16/03/2021

Move on Direction

Canberra

20/03/2021

Move on Direction

Canberra

02/04/2021

Identity Check

Melbourne

14/05/2021

Identity Check

Sydney

22/05/2021

Identity Check

Sydney

 

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