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 238 KB]

 A year in the life of AvSec by numbers

Ask AvSec

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