By Baytech

Apr 4, 2019

Getting job ready to work in Australia’s airports or ports

Working in an airport or port can be a lively experience. Whether you’re in the warehouses or on the docks, with so much movement there’s rarely a quiet moment. But given the important role that airports and ports play in protecting our borders, there’s also a serious side to the job. That’s why anyone who works in and around our airports and ports requires special qualifications and must pass specific tests.


Be prepared with an identity verification

Before you can work in a security controlled airport you need an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) that is valid for two years. If you work in a port, you may be required to have a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC).

The process to obtain an ASIC and an MSIC involves having a background check that confirms you’re not a threat to aviation or maritime security. The background checks include:

  • A security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • A criminal history check by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
  • An immigration check (if you’re not an Australian citizen) to confirm that you have the right to work in Australia.

These are required if:

  • You need unescorted access to the secure areas of security controlled airports or security zones of security regulate ports, security regulated ships and offshore oil and gas facilities; or
  • You perform a security-sensitive role.

An ASIC or MSIC will not give you access to these areas, but it means that you have had the necessary background checks.

If you’re planning on applying for a role that requires an ASIC or MSIC, you can complete a ‘Job Ready’ application in advance so that you’re ready to hit the ground running when you get your job.


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Screening is essential for security

Before you begin work you may also be required to undertake several different forms of screenings for security purposes. This may include undergoing a police check to verify that you don’t have a criminal record and being drug-tested. Depending on your role, you may also need to have a medical test to ensure that you’re fit enough to perform the job.

Even after you’ve begun working at an airport or port you may still undergo regular screenings for drugs, alcohol and explosives. For example, since January this year baggage handlers, catering workers and engineers in airports have been subject to random explosive trace screening tests. These can be conducted during a working day or at the beginning of a shift. Random tests may also be conducted on your belongings or the vehicle that you bring to work.

If you’re interested in working in Australia’s airports or ports, get in touch with us to find out what opportunities are available.

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