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Identity security

About aviation or maritime security identification cards (ASIC or MSIC)

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