International Airline Licence (IAL) - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this authorisation if you intend to operate scheduled international air services over, into or out of Australian territory. This licence is necessary before your services can commence. Both cargo and passenger operations require this licence.

Airlines proposing to market seats to and from Australia under code share arrangements with another airline also require this licence.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Different eligibility criteria apply depending on whether your airline is based in Australia or overseas. If you are an Australian based airline, to be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Have an allocation of capacity from the International Air Services Commission (IASC);
  • Be majority Australian owned and based in Australia;
  • Have Australian citizens as at least two thirds of your board members in addition to the board chairperson; and
  • Demonstrate an ability to comply with the requirements of any relevant international air services agreements between Australia and the country or countries to which you wish to fly.

If you are an international airline, to be eligible for this licence you must demonstrate that you are designated by your home country authority under the relevant international air services agreement between Australia and your home country, including any ownership restrictions.

All airlines must:

  • Have an Air Operator's Certificate;
  • Hold adequate insurance;
  • Provide an approved Transport Security Program for the proposed services;
  • Submit the required form; and
  • Pay any required fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Remains in force until it is cancelled or suspended.



No fees are required.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Aviation and Airports

Act(s) name

Air Navigation Act 1920 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Air Navigation Regulations 1947 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Manger, Aviation Markets
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Aviation and Airports

Operating address:
111 Alinga Street
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 6274 7111


02 6274 6749

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