First Point of Entry (FPOE) for aircraft and goods - table version

All international aircraft arriving in Australian territory must land at a landing place that has been determined as an FPOE under section 223 of the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Act), unless permission has been granted by the department to land at a non-first point of entry.

Australia and its territories have a number of first point of entry (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.

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

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

  • Aircraft operators must contact the department if planning to land or unload goods at these airports to ensure that biosecurity services can be appropriately provided and managed. Email Arrivals.
  • 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 (NFPOE).

The department’s Guidelines for airline and aircraft operators arriving in Australian territory outlines the biosecurity requirements for permission to land as well as information on regulatory obligations: pre-arrival reporting requirements, pratique, aircraft disinsection and mandatory in-flight announcements.

Please be aware that there have been changes to the determination of landing places that may impact what classes of aircraft and goods are permitted to arrive at an FPOE. It is the obligation of the person in charge or operator of the aircraft to comply with FPOE determinations. Please see the determination for each landing place for current permissions.

Landing places that demonstrated full compliance with regulatory requirements were granted ongoing first point of entry determination. Certain landing places had their transitional first point of entry determination extended and can continue to operate as usual during their extension period.

The determination for Lord Howe Island Airport lapsed on 16 June 2020. As this landing place is no longer an FPOE it is not listed in the tables below.

Please see the first point of entry determination for each landing place for current permissions. Links are provided in the table below.

Table 1: Permanently Serviced Airports

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

Table 2: Not Permanently Serviced Airports

No Airport Name State Airport Locator Codes First Point of Entry Determination
1 Alice Springs Airport  NT YBAS/ASP Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Alice Springs Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)
2 Avalon Airport VIC YNAV/AVV Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Avalon Airport) Determination 2019
3 Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport QLD YBWW/WTB Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport) Determination 2020
4 Broome Airport WA YBRM/BME Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Broome Airport) Determination 2020   
 
5 Christmas Island Airport WA YPXM/XCH Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Christmas Island International Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)
6 Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport WA YPCC/CCK Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)
7 Essendon Airport, Melbourne VIC YMEN/MEB Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Essendon Airport) Determination 2019
8 Horn Island Airport QLD YHID/HID Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Horn Island Airport) Determination 2019
9 Norfolk Island Airport NSW YSNF/NLK Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Norfolk Island Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)
10 Port Hedland Airport WA YPPD/PHE Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port Hedland Airport) Determination 2019
11 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Amberley QLD YAMB Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley) Determination 2019
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
13 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Edinburgh SA YPED Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Edinburgh) Determination 2019
14 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Learmonth WA YPLM/LEA Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Learmonth) Determination 2019
15 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Pearce WA YPEA Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce) Determination 2019
16 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Richmond NSW YSRI/RCM Biosecurity (First Point of Entry— Royal Australian Air Force Base Richmond) Determination 2019
17 Royal Australian Air Force Base, Tindal NT YPTN/KTR Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal) Determination 2019
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
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
20 Sunshine Coast Airport QLD YBMC/MCY Biosecurity (First Point of Entry—Sunshine Coast Airport) Determination 2019
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

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

Contact Us

Telephone the general inquiry numbers 1800 900 090 or + 61 3 8318 6700 (from outside Australia). Email Arrivals, complete an online form to send us your inquiry or view the department’s organisational contacts.

Last reviewed: 29 September 2020
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