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The Transport Security & Policy Unit was fully established in January, 2013 with nine newly recruited staff, and is housed at Enga 2 (DoT) Building, Ground Floor, 7 Mile, Port Moresby.

Establishment of this Unit is captured on the National Transport Strategy and the DoT Corporate Plan 2013 – 2015.

TSPU is the Secretariat on Transport Safety and Security, and the Secretariat provides a forum for constructive discussions of Transport Safety and Security issues and situations in PNG, and border areas and identifies practical steps to address specific transport safety and security concerns.

TSPU has completed draft of Transport Security Strategies such as Aviation Security Strategy, Maritime Security Strategy, and Land Transport Strategy. These strategies will be put out for Stakeholder consultation and to be finalized as part of the Transport Security Policy development.

Stakeholder consultations are crucial for policy development; therefore various Stakeholder Advisory Committees were established for Transport Security Policy and Strategies development in 2014 and onwards.

In moving forward TSPU established three Stakeholders Advisory Committees namely: Aviation Security Advisory Committee, Maritime Security Advisory Committee and Land Transport Security Advisory Committee. These Committees are living forums which consist of Stakeholders, experts and Agencies of Government when called upon for consultation, deliberation, advice and coordination on Security policies, programs, and related Issues.

The roles and responsibilities of TSPU are:

  • Be central point of policy formulation, development, and continuous improvements to ensure processes are streamlined and security delivery outcomes are targeted, and delivered. TSPU is committed to this responsibility by ensuring coordination of sectoral programs, effective legislation, and regulations are developed, oversight, monitoring, and auditing of respective key stakeholders, and adhering to International standards, and recommended practices;
  • The Government is committed to ensuring that PNG complies with International Civil Aviation Organizations (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (Annex 17), International Maritimes Organizations International Ships & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, and other applicable International codes, and standards so that it maintains and enhances its international reputation and ensures that its international transport connections to key markets, trade and commercial activities are not jeopardized.
  • Transport Security will ensure that no terrorist, criminal elements or other individual are successful in causing harm or significant disruption to the air, maritime and surface transportation systems, and its users.
  • Transport security at the land, and sea borders are similarly important and the transport agencies and other concern stakeholders will work with Border Security Authorities to facilitate legal cross-border trade and guard against illegal movement of people, and goods.
  • Transport Security will investigate, respond and mitigate security breaches by ensuring agile incident response capability, coordinated to swiftly and effectively restore freedom of movement, and establish and maintain stakeholders outreach.
  • The Government will enhance the security of domestic and transit traffic through improvement of existing modal programs, infrastructure and equipments to air, maritime sea and land services and systems for incidents and emergencies responses, and
  • Transport Security will seek resources, legislation, and policy opportunities that support these strategies to protect the people of PNG by securing cargo transportation by air, maritime and land, ensuring freedom of commerce, identifying security risks, addressing threats and preventing the use of cargo as an instrument to conduct acts of terrorism and disruption to the air, maritime and land transportation systems.