New security laws for maritime and aviation industries


Rudd Government passes new security laws for shipping and aviation industries, designed to help the multi-billion freight trade

The Rudd Government has passed new security laws for the shipping and aviation industries, which are designed to help the multi-billion freight trade.

The Transport Security Amendment Bill establishes nationally consistent standards for maritime security plans and clarifies security obligations on foreign ships.

The Bill also allows maritime and offshore security plans to be approved for up to five years, which Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese says will give the Government greater flexibility in responding to security changes.

Albanese says the maritime and aviation sectors are critical to economic prosperity, and the laws help safeguard the industries.

"The successful passage of the will assist our transport operators by providing greater clarity and certainty in the fulfilment of their security obligations, allowing them to get on with that they do best – keep our transport industries moving," Albanese says.
"Sea freight accounts for 76 per cent of the value of Australia’s international trade and our offshore oil and gas operations are valued at $22.7 billion. The aviation industry directly supports some 50,000 jobs and contributes a further $6.8 billion to Australia's economy."

Albanese says the measures will ensure both industries can interpret, implement and administer legislation in accordance with their daily business practices.

The Bill amends the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act and the Aviation Transport Security Act.

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