We work to make sure everyone involved in New Zealand aviation meets the legal standards set by the Minister of Transport.

There are two parts to our organisation:

  • the agency overseeing aviation safety, and the rules underpinning it
  • the Aviation Security Service, known as Avsec. You'll see most of Avsec’s staff working at airports – they’re the ones screening passengers and their luggage.

Shared responsibility for safety and security

Every participant in New Zealand’s aviation community shares a responsibility for safety and security.

New Zealand’s civil aviation community includes licensed pilots, engineers, and air traffic controllers, as well as aviation operators like airlines, aerodromes, flying schools, and aircraft maintenance organisations. The safety standards they all adhere to are set by the Minister of Transport, after consultation with the aviation community.

Avsec's vision is to deliver world class aviation security and a high quality, responsive, passenger experience. To do this, we work closely with other border and government agencies, including the NZ Police, NZ Customs Service, Ministry of Primary Industries, Immigration NZ, Ministry of Transport, airport companies and industry associations, as well as international organisations like the Airports Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).