A Workable ASIC Program for Regional Australia RICM – 19th June 2009 Grant Drummond South Australian Divisional Chairman Australian Airports Association A Workable ASIC Program for Regional Australia • Background Checking – A single issuing authority – Changes in a persons eligibility – Proof of Identity – Security Identification Card display • Access Control – Operational need – Confirmation of background checking – Issue of access card / key – Electronic access control systems • Regional Airports limitations • Security Identification Card parameters A Workable ASIC Program for Regional Australia Background Checking – To get consistency and remove a burden from regional Australia, all applications for background checking should be processed by Auscheck and an Security Identification Card issued by them to eligible persons. – Auscheck as the single issuing authority for the Security Identification Card would then maintain the database that airports would check if a person with an operational need wished to gain access to a security designated area. Airports would need to advise Auscheck of all persons that have been given access to or had access revoked from an airport. – Changes in a persons eligibility could then be notified to each airport that has given access to the individual. – Proof of identity and payment of fees should be done at Australia Post offices to ensure maximum coverage across Australia. – The Security Identification Card would need to be displayed when in a security designated area, as is presently required for an ASIC. A Workable ASIC Program for Regional Australia Access Control – It is important to separate background checking with operational need as there are many people working in the aviation industry that need to access many different security designated airports. – First an Airport confirms that a person has a current background check, has an Security Identification Card, is eligible to be allowed access, and has an operational need to access a security designated area. – Once all checks have been undertaken the person can be issued with an access card / key for the required access points at the airport. – To further improve efficiency each Security Identification Card should have an electronic signature so that it could be used as a proximity card for electronic access control systems. A Workable ASIC Program for Regional Australia Regional Airports limitations – Regional Airports do not have the infrastructure or resources to undertake advanced proof of identity checks or produce photo Identification cards. – A regional airport would need up to a week (in some cases more) to produce a photo ID card for a person who has an operational need to access a security designated airport. – Why not keep the system the same as applies to pilots and have one card issued by a central issuing authority? – To ensure that the larger airports and airlines have the ability to meet their access control needs they could remain as issuing authorities and have the ability to produce a Security Identification Card in different colors for different zones. A Workable ASIC Program for Regional Australia Security Identification Card Parameters – Airports would be able to issue access cards / keys to an individual for the term of their Security Identification Card unless notified by Auscheck of a change in the persons eligibility. – Security Identification Cards from Auscheck should be one color to remove the confusion that a different color card infers an right of access to an area. – If Auscheck database is live and Auscheck is advised by agencies of any criminal activity then Security Identification Cards should be issued for up to 10 years. – Airports could be required to confiscate Security Identification Cards of anyone who has become ineligible to access a security designated area. – Visitor cards requirements could remain the same . – This system should extend to allow the background checking information to be used for the maritime industry without duplicating effort and cost.