Diplomatic clearances – aircraft and ships

Applications for Australian diplomatic or other clearances for government owned or chartered aircraft or ships (including warships and auxiliary military vessels) not engaged in commercial activities are made directly to the relevant Australian authority, as set out below.

Aircraft

A State aircraft (regardless of who is on board) or an aircraft (other than one on a scheduled commercial flight) carrying a head of state, head of government, foreign minister or other senior foreign visitor to Australia requires a diplomatic clearance. Missions should submit a completed Aircraft diplomatic clearance application form [PDF] to:

Air and Space Operations Centre
HQJOC (AOC)
Department of Defence
PO Box 7928
Canberra BC ACT 2610
Attention: Diplomatic Clearance Officer

Tel: (02) 6128 4819

Fax: (02) 6128 5175

Email: dipa.hqac@defence.gov.au

Further guidance can be found in: Instructions - diplomatic clearances applications for aircraft entry and operation in Australian airspace [DOCX]

In some cases, the Department of Defence may need to refer an application to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and/or the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for approval. Those agencies will contact the mission directly if further information is required.

Ships

Applications for diplomatic clearances for warships and auxiliary military vessels are made to:

Maritime Operations
HQJOC
Department of Defence
PO Box 7928
Canberra BC ACT 2610
Attention: Diplomatic Clearance Officer

Tel: (02) 6128 5216 (business hours); 02 6128 4339 (after hours)

Last Updated: 8 January 2018