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Dangerous goods are items or substances that when transported by aircraft are a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.
These include obvious things, such as: explosives, radioactive materials, flammable liquids, petrol, butane gas, mace, dangerous or volatile chemicals, strong acids, compressed gases, and poisons.
Everyday items that can cause problems include toiletries, aerosols, tools and lithium batteries.
There are a number of common items that are considered dangerous goods e.g. aerosols, cigarette lighters, portable battery powered devices, portable medical oxygen etc. These can be carried provided certain requirements have been complied with.
Any items carried are for personal use only. Commercial quantities are not permitted as passenger baggage and must be sent as freight.
Examples of forbidden items are:
- Security type attaché cases incorporating dangerous goods, such as lithium batteries or pyrotechnic devices are forbidden.
- Disabling devices such as mace, pepper spray etc. containing an irritant or incapacitating substance are prohibited on the person, in checked-in or carry-on baggage.
- Strike anywhere matches, book matches, lighter fuel, lighter refills, blue flame lighters, laser plasma lighters and cigar lighters.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations describe in detail what Dangerous Goods may be transported by air, in what quantities, and how they should be packed.
Firearms, Weapons and Ammunition
It is a mandatory requirement that all firearms (including airsoft and paintball guns) and ammunition must be carried in accordance with the regulatory requirements of the country you are travelling to, from or through. It is the sole responsibility of the passenger to ensure all relevant import/export permits, licence and documentation are obtained prior to travel.
- Firearms, Weapons & Ammunition must be declared during check-in.
- Your valid firearms licence, permit or enforcement agency identification must be presented at check-in.
- The firearm must be unloaded and packed in a hard or soft locked case.
- Up to 5kg gross of ammunition per person is allowed. Allowances cannot be combined in the one suitcase.
- Ammunition must be securely packaged and individually separated within the container.
- If ammunition is packed within a locked firearms case, the ammunition must be in a separate locked container.
Warning against Khapra Beetle for travellers to Australia
Commencing 15th October 2020, high-risk plant products will not be permitted entry into Australia. This means you may no longer pack these goods in your luggage when travelling to Australia. Instead, we encourage you to buy these goods from Australian suppliers who have either sourced their goods locally or imported them through commercial channels. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the destruction of the goods upon arrival in Australia.
This includes: Rice, Chickpeas, Cucurbit seed, Cumin seed, Safflower seed, Bean seed, Soybean, Mung beans, cowpeas, Lentils, Wheat, Coriander seed, Celery seed, Peanuts, Dried chillies/capsicum, Faba bean, Pigeon Pea, Pea seed, Fennel seed. Click here for further details