Identity security amendments

The Australian Government is introducing initiatives to improve the integrity of the ASIC and MSIC schemes. These changes will commence in two stages, stage 1 will commence 1 November 2016 and stage 2 will commence 1 August 2017.

At a glance

Stage 1 (commencing on 1 November 2016) will:

  • introduce a new role-specific white ASIC and white MSIC
  • require background checking of applicants under 18 years of age
  • require issuing bodies to include greater procedural content in ASIC programs and MSIC plans
  • make minor visitor identification card (VIC) administrative changes
  • change issuing body revocation procedures

Stage 2* (commencing on 1 August 2017) will:

  • require face-to-face identity verification of applicants
  • introduce new categories of identification documents for ASIC and MSIC applications

*More information on the stage 2 changes will made available in the coming months.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 1

Role-specific white ASIC and white MSIC

From 1 November 2016, a new role-specific white ASIC and MSIC will be introduced. These new cards will be issued to individuals who require a valid background check but are not required to remain unmonitored within aviation secure areas, or maritime security zones.

The white ASIC and MSIC:

  • provides formal evidence of a valid background check; and
  • is required by staff and contractors of issuing bodies who are directly involved in the issue and production of ASICs and MSICs.

Staff and contractors of known consignors and regulated/accredited air cargo agents (RACAs/AACAs) may also require a white ASIC depending on their role.

The white ASIC or MSIC cannot be used to facilitate access at airports, maritime ports, Australian flagged ships or offshore facilities.

The following factsheets will provide details on what this means for you as:

  • An ASIC issuing body or aviation industry participant PDF: 487 KB ReadSpeaker
  • An MSIC issuing body or aviation industry participant PDF: 404 KB ReadSpeaker
  • An applicant for a white ASIC PDF: 851 KB ReadSpeaker

Background checking of minors

From 1 November 2016, all ASIC and MSIC applicants under 18 years of age (minors) will now need to undergo a national security assessment, prior to being issued an ASIC or MSIC.

  • The background checking of minors only includes the national security assessment component of the background check. A criminal history check is not included.
  • Signed consent from a parent or guardian will be required for applicants under 14 years of age.
  • ASIC and MSIC background checks for minors are required to be updated a minimum of every two years.

The following factsheets will provide details on what this means for you if you are:

  • An ASIC or MSIC applicant under the age of 18 years PDF: 465 KB ReadSpeaker
  • An ASIC or MSIC issuing body or employer of ASIC or MSIC applicants under the age of 18 years PDF: 294 KB ReadSpeaker

The Department will provide a temporary exemption allowing issuing bodies to operate outside their plan or program to be able to undertake background checks of minors and to issue white ASICs and MSICs from 1 November 2016. If you are an issuing body and have not received notification of this exemption, please contact us.

New revocation procedures

From 1 November 2016, new revocation procedures will simplify the process for an issuing body to transition the management of cardholders and applicants in the event an issuing body's status is revoked.

The new revocation procedures will:

  • allow the Department to approve the transfer of active cardholders' management and records from a revoking issuing body to another issuing body (the ‘new’ issuing body);
  • allow the ‘new’ issuing body to access information from AusCheck on behalf of the active cardholders they now manage; and
  • consistent with the ASIC issuing body revocation procedures, provide a 30-day revocation consideration period and introduce transitional arrangements for MSIC issuing bodies.

The following factsheets will provide details on what this means:

Aviation visitor identification card (VIC) enhancements

Commencing 1 November 2016, the following changes will improve the administration of the aviation VIC scheme.

  • All employees involved in the issuing of VICs must be background checked and hold either a red, grey or white ASIC;
  • VICs issued to ASIC applicants must be cancelled if the issuer becomes aware that a holder has been refused an ASIC; and
  • Elected members of parliament no longer need to record their residential address to be issued a VIC.

* It is an offence for VIC holders not to notify their VIC issuer where they have been refused an ASIC.

The following factsheets will provide details on what this means:

Visitor identification card (VIC) enhancements PDF: 294 KB ReadSpeaker

Enhancements to issuing body processes

From 1 November 2016, all ASIC and MSIC issuing bodies must detail in their issuing plan or program, greater details about the process of issuing ASICs or MSICs. The improvements will address identified risks with current issuing body administrative practices.

The following factsheets will provide details on what this means:

  • Enhancements to ASIC and MSIC issuing body practices PDF: 467 KB ReadSpeaker

Stage 2

Commencing 1 August 2017, new requirements to verify your identity when applying for an ASIC or MSIC will be required.

These include:

  • New categories of identification documents; and
  • Face-to-face identity verification requirements.

More detail on these two initiatives will be available in the coming months. For an initial overview check the Issuing body enhancement fact sheet PDF: 467 KB ReadSpeaker.