First Points of Entry – information for arriving aircraft and goods

All international aircraft arriving in Australian territory must land or unload goods at a first point of entry (FPOE) landing place unless we grant permission to land elsewhere.

FPOE locations are determined under section 223 of the Biosecurity Act 2015.

Australian territory FPOE landing places

Airports listed in Table 1 have a permanent biosecurity presence and aircraft operators do not need to seek specific permission to land here.

  • Every international aircraft is legally required to provide pre-arrival reporting (s193 of the Act).

Airports listed in Table 2 do not have a permanent biosecurity presence.

  • Aircraft operators must contact us if planning to land or unload goods at these airports to ensure that biosecurity services can be appropriately provided and managed. Email arrivals@agriculture.gov.au.
  • Additional permission may also be required to land at these locations from the Australian Government’s National Passenger Processing Committee (NPPC), Department of Home Affairs.

Airports that do not appear in either of the tables below are considered a Non-First Point of Entry (NFP).

  • Aircraft operators must request prior permission from the department to land aircraft and/or unload goods at a NFP at least 10 business days prior to each flight arrival in Australian territory along with mandatory pre-arrival reporting.

Our Guidelines for airline and aircraft operators arriving in Australian territory outlines the biosecurity requirements for permission to land. It provides guidance on how to meet your regulatory obligations for:

  • pre-arrival reporting requirements
  • pratique
  • aircraft disinsection
  • mandatory in-flight announcements.

Changes to FPOE

FPOE determinations are subject to change. It is the obligation of the person in charge or operator of an aircraft to ensure that the aircraft complies with the current permissions and biosecurity entry points in FPOE determinations.

Please follow the links to the FPOE determinations listed below for current aircraft and goods permissions, biosecurity entry points for certain classes of aircraft and goods, definitions, and other important information.

You can subscribe to our Import Industry Advice Notices to stay informed of changes at FPOE.

Note that for information on specific commodities’ import conditions, you will need to visit BICON.

Table 1: Permanently Serviced Airports

No Airport Name
State
Airport Locator Codes First Point of Entry Determination Permitted Goods
1 Adelaide Airport SA YPAD/ADL Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Adelaide Airport) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
2 Brisbane Airport QLD YBBN/BNE Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Brisbane Airport) Determination 2019 All goods
3 Cairns Airport QLD YBCS/CNS Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Cairns Airport) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
4 Canberra International Airport (and Royal Australian Air Force Base, Fairbairn) ACT YSCB/CBR Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Canberra Airport) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
5 Darwin Airport and Royal Australian Air Force Base, Darwin NT YPDN/DRW Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Darwin Airport and Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
6 Gold Coast Airport QLD YBCG/OOL Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Gold Coast Airport) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
7 Hobart Airport TAS YMHB/HBA Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Hobart Airport) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
8 Melbourne, Tullamarine Airport VIC YMML/MEL Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Melbourne Tullamarine Airport) Determination 2019 All goods
9 Perth Airport WA YPPH/PER Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Perth Airport) Determination 2019 All goods
10 Sydney, Kingsford-Smith Airport NSW YSSY/SYD Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Kingsford-Smith Airport, Sydney) Determination 2016  (extended transitional determination) All goods

Table 2: Not Permanently Serviced Airports

No Airport Name State Airport Locator Codes First Point of Entry Determination Permitted Aircraft and Goods
1 Alice Springs Airport  NT YBAS/ASP Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Alice Springs Airport) Determination 2021 

Aircraft (must be brought to Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage)

Crew baggage only.
2 Avalon Airport VIC YNAV/AVV Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Avalon Airport) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
3 Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport QLD YBWW/WTB Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport) Determination 2020 Freighter aircraft and goods carried on a freighter aircraft other than live horses
4 Broome Airport WA YBRM/BME Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Broome Airport) Determination 2020    Goods other than live horses
5 Christmas Island Airport WA YPXM/XCH Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Christmas Island International Airport) Determination 2021 Goods other than live horses
6 Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport WA YPCC/CCK Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport) Determination 2021   Goods other than live horses
7 Essendon Airport, Melbourne VIC YMEN/MEB Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Essendon Airport) Determination 2019 Baggage and waste
8 Horn Island Airport QLD YHID/HID Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Horn Island Airport) Determination 2019 Baggage, waste and dead crustacea
9 Norfolk Island Airport NSW YSNF/NLK Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Norfolk Island Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination) All goods
10 Port Hedland Airport WA YPPD/PHE Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port Hedland Airport) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
11 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Amberley QLD YAMB Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
12 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Darwin NT YPDN/DRW Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Darwin Airport and Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
13 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Edinburgh SA YPED Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Edinburgh) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
14 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Learmonth WA YPLM/LEA Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Learmonth) Determination 2019 No goods permitted
15 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Pearce WA YPEA Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
16 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Richmond NSW YSRI/RCM Biosecurity (First Point of Entry— Royal Australian Air Force Base Richmond) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses
17 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Tindal NT YPTN/KTR Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal) Determination 2019 Jet fighter aircraft and baggage carried on a jet fighter aircraft
18 Newcastle Airport and Royal Australian Air Force Base, Williamtown NSW YWLM/NTL Biosecurity (First Point of Entry— Newcastle Airport and Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown) Determination 2019 Baggage and waste
19 Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Albatross Naval Air Station, Nowra NSW YSNW/NOA Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—HMAS Albatross Naval Air Station Nowra) Determination 2019 Baggage and waste
20 Sunshine Coast Airport QLD YBMC/MCY Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Sunshine Coast Airport) Determination 2019 Baggage and waste
21 Townsville Airport
and Royal Australian Air Force Base, Townsville
QLD YBTL/TSV Biosecurity (First Point of Entry— Townsville Airport and Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville) Determination 2019 Goods other than live horses

Return to the map displaying locations of FPOE airports, along with entry requirements.

Contact Us

Last reviewed: 5 July 2021
Thanks for your feedback.
Thanks! Your feedback has been submitted.

We aren't able to respond to your individual comments or questions.
To contact us directly phone us or submit an online inquiry

Please verify that you are not a robot.

Skip