The main objectives of the audit were to examine DOTARS' response to the heightened threat environment following the events of 11 September 2001, and to determine the extent to which DOTARS' monitoring and compliance regime ensures that the aviation industry complies with its security obligations. The scope of the audit included:
- the respective roles and responsibilities of the organisations involved in aviation security;
- the setting of security settings; DOTARS' monitoring of airport, airline and cargo security;
- the action DOTARS takes in response to security breaches; and
- evaluation of aviation security.