Aviation security is designed to safeguard Papua New Guinea’s civil aviation operations against "acts of unlawful interference". Both the Minister for Transport and Aviation, and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of PNG (CASA PNG) are responsible for the development and implementation of a framework of consistent aviation security measures.
The Aviation Security Branch provides policy advice to the Director CASA PNG, on aviation security, recommends standards for aviation security measures, and tests, monitors and evaluates compliance with those standards, policies and procedures consistent with the Civil Aviation Act 200 (as amended) and relevant Civil Aviation Rule Parts, including CAR Parts 139 and 140.
The Branch evaluates compliance through monitoring and testing the performance of aviation security outcomes by industry and associated agencies, which are aimed at the deterrence, detection and prevention of attempted acts of unlawful interference through:
- policy development and implementation based on sound risk assessment and risk management practices;
- the development and introduction of aviation security standards via legislation. The standards are designed to consider PNG’s aviation security risk and also to implement international (International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 17) standards;
- responding to increased threat and risk advice through the recommendation of the implementation of additional security measures as appropriate;
- evaluating compliance with PNG’s aviation security standards by airline, airport and international cargo regulated agents
- disseminating appropriate intelligence advice to the aviation industry
- oversight of aviation security exercises to improve industry and other aviation users’ ability and skills to respond to aviation security incidents, and increasing overall airport security awareness
- maintaining and further improving a system to be consistent with ICAO standards in Annex 17 governing the carriage of cargo, mail and other goods.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea participates in international aviation security policy formulation through its membership of ICAO.