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Melbourne Airport on-site security information

Melbourne Airport on-site security information

Security is always a top priority at Melbourne Airport. On-site security measures are regularly monitored, and the airport continues to meet stringent security standards set by the Federal Government.

In addition to Federal Police in the terminal building, Melbourne Airport has a Victorian Police unit located on site.

Melbourne Airport was the first airport in Australia to implement a fully-automated baggage security system that screens 100 per cent of international outbound checked luggage.

Pick up / drop off

For security reasons, vehicles collecting or dropping off passengers at the front of the terminals must be attended AT ALL TIMES. Any vehicle left unattended will be subject to an immediate fine and may be towed. Attended vehicles can only remain in the pick-up/drop-off area for a maximum of one minute.

Melbourne Airport offers up to 20 minutes free at the Wait Zone to reduce the need for front-of-terminal parking. For more information please visit 

Unattended baggage

Baggage must never be left unattended in public areas. All such baggage will be treated as suspicious. All baggage should be clearly tagged with your contact details.

Security-related threats

Passengers and airport visitors are warned that all threats and comments made about carrying of weapons or explosives - whether intended as a joke or not - will be taken seriously and may result in refusal of carriage onto the flight and prosecution.


Passengers with medical conditions are advised to contact their airline in relation to the carriage of medical equipment through screening points and on board their flight. For more information, visit the Travel Secure website,

Travel advice

For advice on travel warnings, visas and consular services, visit the Federal Government's Smart Traveller website,

For more aviation security information visit the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website.

To view Australian Government airport security screening information which includes videos, fact sheets and key pages that have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish, visit: