Our work at major airports

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is the primary law-enforcement agency at the nine major Australian airports: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast,  Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Law-enforcement in Australia's aviation environment includes:

  • deterring, preventing and responding to threats of terror
  • investigating serious and organised crime in the aviation sector and
  • performing a uniformed policing role.

AFP activities in the aviation environment include:

  • targeting organised crime in the air stream
  • deterring acts of terrorism
  • providing a uniformed policing presence
  • providing first response to acts of terrorism and emergency incidents
  • collecting and analysing aviation intelligence and
  • conducting investigations.

The AFP works closely with state and territory police services, Commonwealth agencies, airport operators and airlines to coordinate action against terrorist and other criminal threats to Australian aviation safety and security. This includes working closely with other areas of the AFP such as the AFP Operations Coordination Centre, Intelligence, Protection, Serious and Organised Crime, and Crime Operations.

Aviation function

The AFP's presence at each airport includes:

Airport Police Commanders

AFP officer speaking to a member of the public at the baggage carouselAirport Police Commanders (APCs) are in place at all nine major airports. They are responsible for the coordinated command and control of aviation policing and security activities in partnership with federal and state government agencies and private sector organisations.

Airport Operations

Airport Operation officers provide a uniformed policing presence at the nine major Australian airports — Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Canine teams work in conjunction with AFP airport operations to deliver a coordinated, highly visible law enforcement capability to detect, deter and mitigate threats to our aviation environment. Find out more on the AFP Airport Operations page.

Air Security Officers

Air Security Officers (ASOs) are specially trained AFP officers deployed on selected domestic and international flights.  The ASOs role is to prevent acts of terrorism, or any other act or threat of violence, which may interfere with the safe operation of an aircraft or the safety of passengers and crew. Find out more on the Air Security Officers page.

Joint Airport Intelligence Group

AFP officer on patrol with a dogJoint Airport Intelligence Groups (JAIGs) collect, collate, analyse and disseminate information and intelligence relating to both criminal activity and threats to security in the airport environment. JAIGs are made up of representatives from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, AFP and local state or territory police.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Australian Crime Commission, Department of Agriculture, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation also provide staff to these teams as required. Find out more on the Joint Airport Investigation Teams page.

Joint Airport Investigation Teams

Joint Airport Investigation Teams (JAITs) investigate serious and organised crime in the aviation sector, focusing on the nine major airports. These teams are based at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth international airports and can be deployed to any of the major airports. JAITs include representatives from the AFP and state and territory police.

These teams work together within the airport environment to investigate criminal and terrorist-related activity within the airport. Find out more on the Joint Airport Investigation Teams page.

Crime Prevention Liaison Officers

Crime Prevention Liaison Officers (CPLOs) act as conduits between the AFP and aviation industry partners and stakeholders for all matters relating to law enforcement and security issues within the aviation environment. They support the Airport Police Commanders in all major airports.

131 AFP

If you require a police presence at an airport, or wish to report an incident or provide information, please call the AFP on 131 AFP (131 237).


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