Travelling overseas with powders, liquids, aerosols and gels.
Powder—fine dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing, or disintegration of a solid substance (for example, flour, sugar, ground coffee, spices, powdered milk, baby formula or cosmetics). Powders may also be presented in clumpy, grain, or compressed material forms.
There is no limit on organic powders, such as food and powdered baby formula.
There are quantity restrictions on the amount of inorganic powder that can be carried, such as salt, talcum powder and sand.
Inorganic powders must be in containers of 350 millilitres (volume), 350 grams (weight) or less.
The total volume of inorganic powders must not exceed 350 millilitres, 350 grams per person.
Passengers cannot tip powders out to fall under the 350ml threshold as the restriction is calculated on total container volume.
There are no restrictions on the number of containers of inorganic powders per person, provided the total volume of all the containers of inorganic powder is 350 millilitres or less.
At the screening point all powders in your carry-on baggage must be separately presented for screening. Unlike liquids, they do not need to be put in a re-sealable plastic bag.
Liquids, aerosols and gels
Liquid, aerosol or gel items must be in containers of 100 millilitres (volume), 100 grams (weight) or less.
Containers must fit into one transparent and re-sealable plastic bag like a snap-lock sandwich bag.
The four sides of the bag's sealed area must add up to no more than 80 centimetres (e.g. 20x20 cm or 15x25 cm).
Only one bag is allowed per passenger, with exceptions for carers who may carry the bag/s for people in their care, including children.
Containers larger than 100 millilitres or 100 grams, even if only partially-filled, containing liquids, aerosols or gels will not be allowed through the security screening point. For example, a 200 gram toothpaste tube that is half-full will not be permitted.
At the screening point all liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on baggage must be separately presented for screening.
What is exempt?
Powdered baby formula, prescription and non-prescription medicines (including special dietary products), and medical items required during a flight are exempt. For medicines and medical items, you will need to present these items along with proof (e.g. doctor's letter) at the screening point. Cremated human remains are also exempt.
All organic powders are exempt. This includes most powdered foods, coffee, protein powder and baby formula.
Liquids, aerosols and gels
Baby products, prescription and non-prescription medicines (including special dietary products), and medical items required during a flight are exempt. For medicines and medical items, you will need to present these items along with proof (e.g. doctor's letter) at the screening point.
For more information please visit: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/onboard/liquids-aerosols-and-gels.aspx