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Aviation security requirements for pilots
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The Department of Home Affairs is Australia's security regulator for aviation, maritime and the offshore oil and gas industries and administers the Aviation Transport Security Regulations.
Under those regulations, all current pilots must have an aviation security status check. You will also need an aviation security status check if are applying for a flight crew licence.
To get one of these checks you will need to apply for either an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) or an Aviation Identification (AVID).
An ASIC is required by flight crew flying at a security controlled airports, or for any pilots under the age of 18. It allows you to operate at any airport in Australia.
You can apply for an ASIC through any of the ASIC issuing bodies listed on the Department of Home Affairs website.
CASA no longer issues ASICs.
An Aviation Identification (AVID) is more restrictive and cannot be used at security controlled airports. To apply, you must be 18 years or older, have a Part 61 Flight Crew Licence issued by CASA (or be applying for one) and a current aviation medical.
Applications will usually take between 4 to 6 weeks to process and cost $126.
Note: The 4 to 6 week service standard is based on CASA requirements and historical response times for third party agencies involved in the checking process. The impact of COVID-19 on third party processing and response times has led to delays in the processing of AVID's, in some cases, can lead to processing delays of up to 12 weeks. The administration of third party security checks is external to CASA's control
To apply for an AVID, please use Aviation identification application form 499 (pdf 421.99 KB).