Industrial action by staff of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, including the Australian Border Force, may cause disruptions to International passengers through Australian airports and Cruise Terminals in a series of stoppages planned from 22nd March 2016.
UPDATE: Due to the terrorist incidents in Brussels on 22nd March, this action has been postponed until 29th march. For up to date information, please follow the link below.
Although the current level of participation by members is as yet unconfirmed, airline and cruise ship passengers should plan for potential delays by arriving at international airports and cruise ship terminals even earlier over the next few weeks. A list of currently available dates, times and locations of the planned action is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection page for travellers. Thursday 24th March stoppages will affect all airports and passenger cruise terminals.
The Department has contingency arrangements in place to protect Australia’s borders and minimise the impact on business operations and is working closely with stakeholders to minimise the impact on business the travelling public and on cargo and mail operations.
Check in early to allow time for Customs and Immigration checks and if you are transferring between domestic and international flights ensure you have sufficient time for transfer as well as go through all formalities.