Avsec is an operational unit within the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, the government agency responsible for managing New Zealand’s civil aviation system.

Our role is to deliver world-class aviation security, while enabling a high quality, responsive passenger experience.

Avsec’s core functions and activities include:

  • Screening and searching passengers, crew, airport workers, baggage, aircraft, cargo, etc
  • Undertaking security patrols and escorts
  • Managing the airport identity card system
  • Collaborating with other domestic and international security and border agencies

To deliver safe and secure skies, we work closely with other border and government agencies domestically and internationally. These include:

  • NZ Police
  • NZ Customs Service
  • Ministry of Primary Industries
  • Immigration NZ,
  • Ministry of Transport
  • Department of Internal Affairs
  • Airport Companies
  • Industry associations
  • International organisations such as the Airports Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Learn more about what we do:

About our dogs
Aviation security legislative framework
Behavioural detection
Screening and airport duties

Read our quality and security policy [PDF 176 KB]

 A year in the life of Avsec by numbers

avsec infographic year by numbers 1

14,561,302

Number of passengers processed through screening points each year
avsec infographic year by numbers 2

47,063,747

Number of bags we screen each year
avsec infographic year by numbers 3

1,234

Number of Avsec staff
avsec infographic year by numbers 4

267,000

Number of staff shifts each year
avsec infographic year by numbers 5

439,437

Number of prohibited and dangerous items we remove from travelling
avsec infographic year by numbers 6

38

Number of explosive detector dogs we operate
avsec infographic year by numbers 7

94,127,494

Number of scanned images we analyse each year
avsec infographic year by numbers 8

99%

of passengers screened within 10 mins of entering security screening queue

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If you have any questions about this topic, use our contact form, or email reception@avsec.govt.nz