Expected Border Strike Threatens To Delay International Travellers

3 November 2015
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Update: 09/11/15 at 11am
As expected, the Australian Border Force (ABF) strike has gone ahead today Monday 9 November, beginning at midnight and continuing for 24 hours.
The Department of Immigration has prevented any flight delays so far by putting on extra staff. However, any passengers travelling internationally in or out of Australia today should be prepared for longer wait times.
It's still important that flyers leave plenty of time at the airport (at least three hours) for getting through customs and immigration.

Update: 06/11/15 at 4pm

The Australian Border Force (ABF) strike action set for Monday, November 9 will go ahead, impacting anyone travelling internationally into and out of Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has confirmed that employees  working in customs, immigration and security screening at international airports in Australia will strike for 24 hours on Monday. Domestic services are not affected by this strike action.

Rolling stoppages up to November 11 will also impact container and cargo inspection facilities and mail facilities nationally.

While additional staff will be in place, anyone travelling internationally on Monday, November 9 should anticipate delays at Australian airports. Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to your international flight departure, proceed directly to customs and immigration screening after check-in, and to listen to instructions from ground staff to move as quickly as possible between flights and terminals.

The ABF will advise of updates via its social media channels.


Another strike by the Australian Border Force (ABF) is expected to take place on Monday 9 November. Although no official update from the ABF has been released, it has been reported that the strike, instigated by the union, will impact all Australian international airports.

Delays in customs and immigration as well as passenger security screening at airports are expected, with some replacement staff possibly being brought in to help.

If the strike goes ahead, all passengers should allow extra time to compensate for delays. We recommend arriving at the airport three hours before your international flight if travelling overseas on Monday 9 November.

Flight Centre will have more on the looming strike when the ABF issues an official statement.


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Ben Stower

I love the kind of travelling that is one part strategic planning and two parts spontaneous adventure. Whether I'm exploring my local city or a small town in the middle of nowhere, I'm always hoping to find something no one else has discovered.