The aim of domestic passenger screening is to prevent prohibited items such as weapons and explosives from being carried onto aircraft. Specialised equipment and screening personnel are used to detect and control prohibited items at 62 security controlled airports across Australia. Since October 2012, the number of domestic aircraft passengers has trended upwards with 62.13 million domestic passengers carried on 639 400 regular public transport and charter aircraft trips during the year ending October 2017.
On 31 August 2016, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) tabled Audit Report No.5 2016–17, Passenger Security Screening at Domestic Airports in the Parliament. In that report, the ANAO found that the Department (then, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development) was unable to provide assurance that passenger screening was effective, or to what extent screening authorities had complied with the Regulations, due to poor data and inadequate records. The ANAO also found that the Department did not have meaningful passenger screening performance targets or enforcement strategies and did not direct resources to areas with a higher risk of non-compliance. The ANAO made five recommendations aimed at improving the Department’s regulatory performance. The Department accepted all five recommendations.
The objective of this audit was to examine the extent to which the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, now the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) has implemented the recommendations from ANAO Report No.5 2016–17, Passenger Security Screening at Domestic Airports.
To form a conclusion against the audit objective the ANAO adopted the following high level criteria:
To what extent has the Department implemented an effective compliance monitoring program?
To what extent has the Department implemented an appropriate learning and development framework?
To what extent has the Department implemented effective performance monitoring and reporting arrangements?