Requirements for aircraft entering Australia

Aircraft must enter Australia at an airport that has been appointed as an international airport, unless prior permission has been obtained.

A comprehensive list of designated international airports can be located on the Department of Infrastructure and Transport’s website.

Permission to enter a non-international airport

Permission for international flights to enter (or depart) Australia at a non-international airport is granted by the National Passenger Processing Committee (NPPC).

Procedures for international flights at non-international airports must be followed in all instances where NPPC approval is required. The NPPC Airport Guide (PDF 67KB) identifies the airports for which NPPC approval is required. Note: if the airport you wish to arrive or depart from is not listed, approval is required.

Apply to the NPPC

Aircraft operators or pilots must provide the following documents to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection at least ten (10) business days before arrival or departure of the flight.

NPPC Application form (PDF 392 Kb)

Form 2A Passenger report (cover sheet) (PDF 610 Kb)

Form 2B - Passenger report (PDF 708 Kb)

Pdf document attached Form 3 Crew Report (PDF 910 Kb)

Send the application by mail, fax or email:

The Chair
National Passenger Processing Committee
Passenger Operations Branch
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
PO Box 25
BELCONNEN ACT 2616

E. nppc@border.gov.au

The NPPC will liaise with relevant border agencies and Infrastructure in relation to resource implications and approval to land, as well as the availability and adequacy of existing facilities to address any border or biosecurity risks and to process travellers.

If the application is approved, the airport will be designated as an international airport for the purpose of the flight. To meet regulatory requirements or allow border agencies to facilitate entry, applicants may need to agree to additional conditions.

If the application is not approved, applicants can submit a revised application that addresses the concerns of the NPPC.

Alternatively, airport operators can apply to the Department of Infrastructure and Transport to permanently change the international status of their airport to accommodate the services.

Information about changing an airport’s international status can be found on the Department of Infrastructure and Transport or contact:

The General Manager
Aviation Industry Policy Branch
Aviation and Airports Division
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA ACT 2061
T. 61 2 6274 7739
F. 61 2 6274 6749

Information about the requirements that must be met for an airport to be given international status can be found in the International Airport Operator's Guide.

Contact the NPPC

For any enquiries in relation to NPPC application, contact:

The Chair
National Passenger Processing Committee
Passenger Operations Branch
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
PO Box 25
BELCONNEN ACT 2616

E. nppc@border.gov.au

Roles and responsibilities of government and border agencies

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for a wide range of border protection functions including the clearance and screening of passengers and crew entering and departing Australia, and regulation and clearance of the goods they bring with them. Information for airline and aircraft operators on the Department's requirements for passengers and crew can be found on our website.

The Department administers the Migration Act 1958 and has the responsibility for people movement across the borders including Australian citizens and the immigration clearance of non-Australian citizens. The Department provides information for airlines and air crew on our Air travel.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for protecting Australia’s agricultural industries and its unique natural environment, as well as human health and other industries such as tourism, against exotic pests and diseases by implementing biosecurity controls at our borders. More information can be found at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

Department of Infrastructure and Transport (Infrastructure)

Infrastructure is responsible for advising the Australian Government on the policy and regulatory framework for Australia’s airports and the aviation industry, regulating international flights and the designation of international airports. Infrastructure administers the Airports Act 1996. More information can be found at Infrastructure’s International Charter Guidelines.

Australian Federal Police (AFP)

The AFP is the primary law-enforcement agency at the eleven major Australian airports: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

In the aviation environment, the AFP is responsible for:

  • investigating and targeting organised crime in the air stream
  • deterring, preventing and responding to acts of terrorism
  • responding to emergency incidents
  • collecting and analysing aviation intelligence
  • conducting investigations
  • maintaining a community policing presence.

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.

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