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Police issue warning about unauthorised radio transmissions at Melbourne and Avalon airports

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Police issue warning about unauthorised radio transmissions at Melbourne and Avalon airports


Publish date:

Monday, 7 November 2016,

Publish time:


This is a joint media release with Airservices Australia and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

The Australian Federal Police has launched an investigation into 15 incidents of unauthorised radio

transmissions with aircraft at Melbourne and Avalon Airports.

As a result of the unlawful interference with air traffic control broadcasts over several weeks, the AFP has today

issued a call for public help for any information that will result in the identification and arrest of the person


There is no current threat to the safety and security of the travelling public as a result of these unlawful radio

transmissions in the Melbourne area. Travellers do not need to change their plans.

The AFP’s head of Crime Operations, acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Sheehan said today that Airservices

Australia and the AFP can reassure the public that there are appropriate procedures, processes and systems in

place to ensure the safety of aviation operations at airports in Victoria and across the country, and for the

travelling public.

“The AFP, Airservices, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the aviation industry are

all committed to ensuring the safety of the travelling public and we are treating this matter extremely seriously,”

acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Sheehan said.

“These incidents are being thoroughly investigated by the AFP, with technical support from the ACMA.

“The airlines have been briefed to ensure the advice has been passed on to their pilots and to ensure

appropriate measures are in place.


Airservices said at no time was safety jeopardised as a result of these calls, and Airservices is working closely

with the airlines and the AFP.

Airservices is Australia’s air navigation service provider which provides safe, secure, efficient, and

environmentally-responsible air navigation services to the aviation industry. Safety is Airservices’ highest priority.

The ACMA uses a range of technologies and techniques to investigate and locate the sources of unauthorised or

interfering transmissions across the radio frequency spectrum. Members of the public are reminded unauthorised

transmissions on non-public channels are an offence under the

Radiocommunications Act 1992


The person responsible for these unauthorised transmissions faces up to 20 years imprisonment. Anyone with

information about this matter is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided


Media enquiries:

AFP National Media: (02) 6131 6333

Airservices Australia Media: 1300 619 341

ACMA Media: (02) 9334 7719