Airport Watch

The airport community is the AFP’s eyes and ears within the aviation environment. Reporting suspicious activity will help the AFP deter, detect or resolve terrorist attacks or criminal activities. This partnership with the airport community focuses on not only identifying suspicious and other criminal activity, but also resolving it in a real time response basis.

In case of emergency

For police, fire or ambulance response to an emergency or life threatening situation.

CALL 000

No immediate danger

If you require police assistance at the airport, such as an unattended item or disturbance of the peace.

DIAL 131 AFP or Submit a report online

When should I contact Airport Watch 131 AFP?

Airport Watch 131 AFP is the single direct line to the AFP National Operations State Service Centre.

Contact 131 AFP immediately or as soon as possible when you see or hear the following:

  • Requests for proactive, preventative police attendance in anticipation of unruly behaviour escalating e.g. when passengers denied uplift, flights cancelled, lost baggage.
  • Any suspicious or unusual activity or item – trust your instincts. 
  • When you suspect a crime has occurred, is occurring or about to occur.
  • Any intoxicated person engaging in antisocial or disruptive behaviour.
  • If you or another person is at risk of physical harm.
  • Any activity or situation that might threaten the safety of a person or safe operation of the airport.

What do I need to tell Airport Watch 131 AFP?

The AFP’s communications operators are not located in the airport environment. The more detail you can provide the operators, the quicker police can respond.

Be specific and factual.


  • Who did you observe?
  • What do they look like?
  • What are they wearing?


  • What did you see or hear?
  • Is the incident still occurring?


  • Where did you see or hear it?


  • When you see or hear it?


  • Why are you reporting it?

If it doesn't add up, speak up. Call the National Security Hotline - 1800 123 400.

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