Applicants and cardholders

An aviation or maritime security identification card (ASIC or MSIC) may be required if:

  • a person has an operational need for unescorted access to the secure areas of security controlled airports and the security zones of security regulated ports, security regulated ships and offshore oil and gas facilities; or
  • a person performs a specifically prescribed security-sensitive role.

An ASIC or an MSIC confirms the holder has a valid background check and is not a threat to aviation or maritime security.

The ASIC and MSIC background check comprises:

  1. a security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
  2. a criminal history check by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
  3. an immigration check (if required) by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), to confirm an applicant’s right to work in Australia

Note: An ASIC or MSIC is not an access card. It does not give the holder the right to access secure areas and zones without the permission from the relevant authority or facility owner or operator.

Find out more about the ASIC and MSIC and if you need one.

Do you need an ASIC or MSIC?

You may be required to hold a valid ASIC or MSIC in various circumstances.

If you are visiting the secure area of a security controlled airport and do not hold a valid ASIC, you may need a visitor identification card (VIC).

ASIC

You may need an ASIC, if you are required to have regular unescorted access to secure areas of an airport.

For example, you may be:

  • involved in the operation of an airport or an aircraft;
  • a baggage handler;
  • an airport security guard;
  • a passenger screening officer; or
  • an eligible Australian Border Force officer.

You may need an ASIC if you are contracted or employed in a specific security-sensitive role with the following entities:

MSIC

You may need an MSIC if you are required to have unmonitored access to a maritime security zone at least once year. For example, you may be:

  • a port, port facility or port service worker;
  • a stevedore;
  • a truck driver;
  • a seafarer on a security regulated ship; or
  • an offshore oil and gas facility worker.

You may also need an MSIC, if you are contracted or employed by an MSIC issuing body.

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What is an operational need?

ASIC operational need

ASIC operational need is a requirement:

  • for frequent access to all or part of a secure area of an airport where people need to display a valid red or grey ASIC; or
  • to be directly involved in the issue of ASICs for an issuing body; or
  • to be directly involved in the issue of VICs for a VIC issuer; or
  • to perform activities for a known consignor; or
  • to perform activities for a RACA; or
  • to perform activities for an AACA; or
  • for an employee of a Commonwealth agency to be directly involved in making decisions relating to the issuing of ASICs.

Penalties apply if you fail to hold or appropriately display a valid ASIC where these are required.

MSIC operational need

MSIC operational need is a requirement:

  • for unmonitored access to a maritime security zone at least once each year; or
  • to be directly involved in the issue of MSICs for an issuing body; or
  • for an employee of a Commonwealth agency to be directly involved in making decisions relating to the issuing of MSICs.

Penalties apply if you fail to hold or appropriately display a valid MSIC where these are required.

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