Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has launched security Screener Accreditation Scheme support for regional airports.

The Accreditation Scheme strengthens the education and training requirements for screening and air cargo examination officers (screeners). This will ensure consistency in screening standards across the aviation, maritime, and air cargo sectors.

The scheme proper includes:

* A specialised screening qualification – the Certificate II Transport Security Protection (CERT II TSP) on-the-job training
continuing professional development
* Accreditation testing
* Holding an aviation security identification card (ASIC) or maritime security identification card (MSIC)
* Uniform needs for aviation and maritime.

The support programme to assist with implementation of the Screener Accreditation Scheme applies to regional airports, where its implementation will have a larger comparative financial impact thanks to small profit margins. Funding will end in 2024.

Objectives of the support programme are to:

* Support regional and remote airports meet the requirements of the Screener Accreditation Scheme
* Increase the delivery and effectiveness of education, training and testing for screening officers and air cargo examination officers
reduce the cost burden of airport security to regional airports
* Support regional airport compliance with the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004.

The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible expenditure – the minimum grant amount is $1000 and the maximum amount is $25,000.
Regional airports can apply for up to 2 grants per financial year to a maximum of $25,000 per financial year.
The program is open for three years commencing 1 July 2021.

Year 1 – opens 1 July 2021 and closes 30 May 2022.
Year 2 – opens 1 July 2022 and closes 30 May 2023.
Year 3 – opens 1 July 2023 and closes 30 May 2024.

The support programme closes May 30, 2024 – you can find out more here.