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 a 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, as of 16 June 2019, there have been changes to the determination of landing places that may impact what classes of aircraft and goods are permitted to arrive at a FPOE. 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.

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

NoAirport Name
State
Airport Locator CodesFirst Point of Entry Determination
1Adelaide AirportSAYPAD/ADLBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Adelaide Airport) Determination 2019
2Brisbane AirportQLDYBBN/BNEBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Brisbane Airport) Determination 2019
3Cairns AirportQLDYBCS/CNSBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Cairns Airport) Determination 2019
4Canberra International Airport (and Royal Australian Air Force Base, Fairbairn)ACTYSCB/CBRBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Canberra Airport) Determination 2019
5Darwin Airport and Royal Australian Air Force Base, DarwinNTYPDN/DRWBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Darwin Airport and Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin) Determination 2019
6Gold Coast AirportQLDYBCG/OOLBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Gold Coast Airport) Determination 2019
7Hobart AirportTASYMHB/HBABiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Hobart Airport) Determination 2019
8Melbourne, Tullamarine AirportVICYMML/MELBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Melbourne Tullamarine Airport) Determination 2019
9Perth AirportWAYPPH/PERBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Perth Airport) Determination 2019
10Sydney, Kingsford-Smith AirportNSWYSSY/SYDBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Kingsford-Smith Airport, Sydney) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)

Table 2: Not Permanently Serviced Airports

No Airport NameStateAirport Locator CodesFirst Point of Entry Determination
1Alice Springs Airport NTYBAS/ASPBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Alice Springs Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)
2Avalon AirportVICYNAV/AVVBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Avalon Airport) Determination 2019
3Broome AirportWAYBRM/BMEBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Broome Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)
4Christmas Island AirportWAYPXM/XCHBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Christmas Island International Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)
5Cocos (Keeling) Islands AirportWAYPCC/CCKBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)
6Essendon Airport, MelbourneVICYMEN/MEBBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Essendon Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)
7Horn Island AirportQLDYHID/HIDBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Horn Island Airport) Determination 2019
8Lord Howe IslandNSWYLHY/LDHBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Lord Howe Island Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)
9Norfolk Island AirportNSWYSNF/NLKBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Norfolk Island Airport) Determination 2016 (extended transitional determination)
10Port Hedland AirportWAYPPD/PHEBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Port Hedland Airport) Determination 2019
11Royal Australian Air Force Base, AmberleyQLDYAMBBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley) Determination 2019
12Royal Australian Air Force Base, DarwinNTYPDN/DRWBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Darwin Airport and Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin) Determination 2019
13Royal Australian Air Force Base, EdinburghSAYPEDBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Edinburgh) Determination 2019
14Royal Australian Air Force Base, LearmonthWAYPLM/LEABiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Learmonth) Determination 2019
15Royal Australian Air Force Base, PearceWAYPEABiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce) Determination 2019
16Royal Australian Air Force Base, RichmondNSWYSRI/RCMBiosecurity (First Point of Entry— Royal Australian Air Force Base Richmond) Determination 2019
17Royal Australian Air Force Base, TindalNTYPTN/KTRBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal) Determination 2019
18Newcastle Airport and Royal Australian Air Force Base, WilliamtownNSWYWLM/NTLBiosecurity (First Point of Entry— Newcastle Airport and Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown) Determination 2019
19Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Albatross Naval Air Station, NowraNSWYSNW/NOABiosecurity (First Point of Entry—HMAS Albatross Naval Air Station Nowra) Determination 2019
20Sunshine Coast AirportQLDYBMC/MCYBiosecurity (First Point of Entry—Sunshine Coast Airport) Determination 2019
21Townsville Airport
and Royal Australian Air Force Base, Townsville
QLDYBTL/TSVBiosecurity (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: 4 November 2019
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