Are you an employer in the aviation, maritime or offshore oil and gas facilities sectors?
If so, you and your staff may be required to hold a valid aviation or maritime security identification card (ASIC or MSIC).
Staff of a foreign diplomatic mission or consular post in Australia may be eligible to hold a white ASIC or MSIC.
Staff access to security-sensitive areas
Security-sensitive areas are discrete zones established to protect critical or vulnerable aspects of Australian aviation and maritime infrastructure. These areas are subject to stringent security measures including significant access restrictions.
A person may need an ASIC, if they are required to have regular unescorted access to secure areas of an airport. A person may need an MSIC, if they are required to have unmonitored access to a maritime security zone at least once year.
If a person is visiting the secure area of a security controlled airport, they will need a visitor identification card (VIC) and must be supervised by a holder of a valid ASIC while in the area.
White ASIC cards
If you operate any of the following businesses, you may have employees or contractors that need a white ASIC:
If you operate an MSIC issuing body, you may have employees or contractors that need a white MSIC.
If you represent a foreign diplomatic mission or consular post in Australia, your employees may be eligible for a white ASIC or MSIC if they require regular access to an aviation or maritime secure zone. White ASIC or MSIC holders must be supervised by a holder of a valid red/grey ASIC or blue MSIC while in the area.
ASIC and MSIC holder obligations
Holders of ASICs or MSICs must:
- return the card on expiry, suspension or cancellation (this obligation does not apply to white ASIC or white MSIC holders)
- properly display the card in the security areas or zones (this obligation does not apply to white ASIC or white MSIC holders, unless you are a foreign official holding a white ASIC)
- report security-relevant offences to their issuing body or AusCheck.
- notify their issuing body of lost, stolen, altered and defaced cards, and
- notify their issuing body of changes in circumstances, for example change in operational need or change of name