Enhanced training at regional and remote airports

The Australian Government has today announced that enhanced specialised training will be provided to security screeners at regional and remote airports across the country.

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the training is part of the Government’s commitment to strengthening aviation security.

“Aviation remains an attractive target for terrorists. Although we already have strong and comprehensive aviation security, it is essential that we remain ahead of evolving threats,” Mr Dutton said.

“We have engaged an expert security training provider to enhance screeners’ threat detection skills so they can continue to perform effectively and protect the travelling public as the security environment changes.”

At least 53 regional and remote airports will be offered the training in the next 12 months with the first sessions expected to start in late 2018.

This training package is in addition to the Government’s Budget commitment of $294 million for a range of measures to further strengthen security at airports, and mail and air cargo facilities.

Mr Dutton said today’s announcement was further evidence of the Government’s commitment to keeping the travelling public safe and secure and ensure Australia is a world-leader in aviation security.

“To get the most from world class security screening technology we need to ensure that screening officers across the network are trained in the most sophisticated threat detection techniques,” Mr Dutton said.

“Regional and remote airports can often be disadvantaged when it comes to the delivery of specialised training because of their distance from capital cities and the costs involved.

“This is why the Government is stepping in to help by providing this training which will lead to increased standards across the board.”

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