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


Number of passengers processed through screening points each year


Number of bags we screen each year


Number of Avsec staff


Number of staff shifts each year


Number of prohibited and dangerous items we remove from travelling


Number of explosive detector dogs we operate


Number of scanned images we analyse each year


of passengers screened within 10 mins of entering security screening queue

 Ask Avsec

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