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Dangerous goods

Sending bulk quantities of hand sanitiser

Hand sanitiser is considered a dangerous good due to its high alcohol content and must not be sent via post. This product can only be sent via a freight forwarding company and must be declared.

What are dangerous goods?

Dangerous goods are items or substances that when transported by aircraft are a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.

These include obvious things, such as: explosives, radioactive materials, flammable liquids, dangerous or volatile chemicals, strong acids, compressed gases, poisons and aerosols.

Everyday items that can cause problems include toiletries, aerosols, tools and lithium batteries.

Read about some real-life dangerous goods incidents.

Safety is everyone's responsibility and failing to declare dangerous goods can result in fines or imprisonment.

Contact your airline or CASA with your dangerous goods queries, or the Australian Government's TravelSECURE site for security related questions. Remember — if in doubt, ask!

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Legislation and resources




  • You can contact our dangerous goods inspectors by emailing your query to dg@casa.gov.au, calling 131 757 or by fax to 1300 851 857.
  • You can find more information about prohibited security items on the Australian Government's TravelSECURE site.
  • Your airline or freight forwarder can also answer your dangerous goods queries.
  • Australian Dangerous Goods Air Transport Council (ADGATC) the industry body for dangerous goods air transport issues.
  • Subscribe to the CASA dangerous goods mailing list.
Last modified: 9 April 2021