Identification types

The type of Identification required is entirely dependent on your role or operational requirement. If you are unsure, contact us to assist with the type of identification suits your role and requirement. Currently Sydney Airport issues four major types of identification cards:

Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)

This is an Australian identification card that shows that the holder of the card has undergone a security check and is permitted to enter authorised secure areas of an Australian Airport(s). An ASIC must be applied for with the appropriate application form and supported by authorised person (s).

Authority to access secure areas of an airport will be determined on operational requirement of your role.

There are three different types of ASICs: red, grey and white. Depending on your role and operational need, you will be issued with the relevant ASIC. Application forms can be found here.

Red ASIC

A Red ASIC is issued to people who have a requirement to access an Airside Security Zone or Secure Area of a Security-Controlled Airport e.g. ramp, tarmac, roof etc.

Grey ASIC

A Grey ASIC is issued to people who have a requirement to access Secure Area (other than the Airside Security Zone) of a Security-Controlled airport e.g. Sterile Area. They are generally issued to retail staff working in Customs Controlled Areas.

White ASIC

A person might be required to hold a valid white ASIC, if employed in a security-sensitive role that requires a valid background check and has no requirement to access Airport’s Security controlled areas.

Visitor Identification Card (VIC)

A VIC can be issued to a person, if the person needs to enter a secure area of a security-controlled airport for a lawful purpose.

The VIC issuer must verify the identity of the requestor and their sponsor. The requestor and sponsor must give the VIC issuer a written / verbal statement of the reasons why the person needs to enter the secure area. A valid ASIC holder needs to sponsor a person before an issuing body can issue a VIC.

A VIC holder must display a VIC at all times whilst in a secure area of a security-controlled airport and must be supervised by a holder of a valid ASIC while in a secure area.

A VIC can vary from daily to multi day validity but must not exceed 28 days unless ASIC application is lodged and can be verified.

Landside Terminal Identification

A Landside Terminal Identification card is issued to people working at the airport who do not require background checks as they only need to access non-security sensitive areas and non-restricted areas of the precinct on regular basis e.g. office areas, loading docks and landside retail areas / food court.

These cards must be applied for with the appropriate application form and supported by authorised person (s).

The Landside Terminal Identification card application form can be found here.

Access Control Card

An Access Control Card is issued to people who have been issued with an ASIC with validity from other ASIC issuing bodies. Access Control card gives an ASIC holder role specific access to security-controlled areas of Sydney Airport.

Access can only be enabled on an Access Control Card if it has been applied for with the appropriate application form and supported by authorised person (s).

Access Control Card cannot be used an identification alone, an ASIC holder must display his/her ASIC as an identification and use Access Control Card for accessing Airport controlled readers.

The Access Control Card application form can be found here.