Identification Cards and Access Control

In order to work in secure areas of the airport you are required to obtain and correctly display a valid Identification Card. Access to secure areas of Darwin International Airport (DIA) is controlled via locked doors with electronic access control or electronic locks/padlocks. Please use the below links for further information:

New Companies

If you are a new company operating at DIA you will be required to register with the DIA Security Department before you are able to obtain Identification Cards, Access Control permissions or Electronic Keys. To register please complete the following form and return it to our office (Terminal Control Centre, Gate A) in person or via post- we require the original copy with original signatures.

Aviation Security Identification Cards (ASICs)

An ASIC is a nationally consistent Identification Card which is used to identify a person who has been the subject of a background check. All persons at the airport requiring unescorted or frequent access to secure areas are required, under government regulations, to have an ASIC. The ASIC scheme is a layer of security that ensures that only people who have been background checked to a certain level are permitted to be in the secure areas of airports without supervision. 

If you require unescorted or frequent access to secure areas of DIA for the operation of an aircraft or the airport then you can apply to DIA for an ASIC. All ASIC applicants will undergo a series of background checks via AusCheck, this process can take up to 8 weeks. If there are any specific security queries or concerns regarding your application then AusCheck will contact you directly.

We will contact you once a decision has been made regarding your ASIC application; if it has been approved then you will be required to sit the DIA Online Security Induction prior to the collection of your ASIC. We will forward details of how to access the Induction once your ASIC has been approved. To prepare for the Induction you are required to read the DIA Security and Safety Awareness Guide.

The renewal process for an ASIC is the same as for an initial application; please utilise the same form and include copies of ID and all relevant attachments.

When collecting your ASIC you will be required to bring with you your original identification documents and your signed Training Record that will be sent to you following successful completion of the DIA Online Security Induction.

ASICs must be returned to DIA on expiry, cancellation or if you no longer have a valid operational requirement to hold one. Penalties apply for non-return.

To apply for an ASIC please complete the following form and return it to our office (Terminal Control Centre, Gate 6) in person or via post- we require the original copy with original signatures:

Visitor Identification Cards (VICs)

All visitors without an ASIC who require access to secure areas of the airport for work related purposes must obtain a Visitor Identification Card (VIC) and be supervised by a valid ASIC holder at all times.

A visitor may only be issued up to a total of 28 days worth of VICs within a 12 month period. If a person requires access beyond 28 days in 12 months, they must apply for an ASIC. Once a person has submitted their ASIC application, and their application has been accepted by DIA, they can then be issued with multi day VICs every 28 days until their ASIC is issued. If the applicant has applied for their ASIC through an Issuing Body other than DIA (e.g. through Qantas, CASA, Jetstar etc.) they must provide proof of their application to DIA before additional VICs will be issued.

To obtain a VIC the applicant must be accompanied by a valid ASIC holder at the time of issue and the applicant must present valid identification. A VIC that is issued for longer than a 24 hour period is required to contain a photograph of the applicant.

VIC issue takes approximately 15 minutes. If you are visiting the airport as part of a group who will all require VICs it is recommend that you pre-register in order to speed up the process. To pre-register, please complete the below form and return it to asicdrw@ntairports.com.au:

VICs must be returned to DIA on expiry, cancellation or if you no longer have a valid operational requirement to hold one. Penalties apply for non-return.

VICs can be obtained from:

Terminal Control Centre (TCC)
Gate 6, Ground Floor
DIA Terminal Building
T: (08) 8920 1805                               

 Airport Management Centre (AMC)
1 Fenton Court 
Eaton NT 0820
T: (08) 8920 1811 

We also have a number of Airport Operators who issue 24 hour VICs on our behalf. If you are visiting one of these companies you will be able to obtain a VIC from them rather than through DIA.

Access Control

If you hold an ASIC that is issued by an Issuing Body other than DIA, and you require Access Control privileges to gain access through secure areas of the airport, you will need to apply to DIA for Access Control permissions. The form you complete will be dependent on the type of ASIC you hold. Please see the below sections for further information.

Before Access Control permissions can be granted you are required to sit the DIA Online Security Induction. For more information please refer to the DIA Online Security Induction section.

Access Control on ASIC

If you have an ASIC issued by an Issuing Body other than DIA that is able to be coded with Access Control permissions then you need to complete the following form and return it to our office (Terminal Control Centre, Gate 6) in person- we require the original copy with original signatures. If you are not sure if your ASIC is able to be coded then you can test it by badging it on one of the readers at DIA- if the reader beeps and goes red then your ASIC is able to be coded, if the reader does nothing then it is not able to be coded and you will need to apply for a separate Access Card instead (see the Access Control on separate Access Card section).

The Access Control permissions on your ASIC will expire on the same date that your ASIC expires. You will need to complete and submit the above form each time you are issued with a new ASIC in order to obtain new Access Control permissions.

Access Control on Separate Access Card

If you have an ASIC issued by an Issuing Body other than DIA that is not able to be coded with Access Control permissions then you need to complete the following form and return it to our office (Terminal Control Centre, Gate 6) in person or via post- we require the original copy with original signatures. If you are not sure if your ASIC is able to be coded then you can test it by badging it on one of the readers at DIA- if the reader beeps and goes red then your ASIC is able to be coded (see the Access Control on ASIC section), if the reader does nothing then it is not able to be coded and you will need to apply for an Access Card using the form below.

The Access Control permissions on your Access Card will expire on the same date that your ASIC expires. See the Access Card Update section for how to update your Access Card permissions.

Access Card Update

If you hold a separate DIA Access Card with Access Control permissions then these permissions will expire on the same date that your ASIC expires. When you receive a new ASIC you will need to complete the below form in order to update your Access Card with new Access Control permissions. Please return completed forms to our office (Terminal Control Centre, Gate 6) in person or via post- we require the original copy with original signatures.

Electronic Keys (EKA)

DIA gates and doors that are not fitted with access control readers are controlled via electronic locks and padlocks with access obtained via Electronic Keys. Electronic Keys are issued to companies who have a valid operational requirement to access certain areas of the airport. It is the company’s responsibility to ensure that Keys are kept under constant control and are only utilised by staff that have a lawful purpose to use them at that time. To apply for an Electronic Key a company must be registered with the DIA Security Department and an authorised signatory must complete the following form and return it to our office (Terminal Control Centre, Gate 6) in person or via post- we require the original copy with original signatures:

  • DIA Key Application – Form-S008 
  • Download this guidebook for information about the new system
  • Watch a short video here about the EKA system
  • Watch a short video here on how to open a lock with your Electronic Key
  • Watch a short video here on how to replace the battery in your Electronic Key

Other Application Forms

There are a number of other application forms that you may need to use dependent on your circumstances. We will advise you if you are required to complete and submit any of the below forms:

DIA Online Security Induction

All persons obtaining a DIA ASIC, Access Card or Access Control Permissions are required to sit the DIA Online Security Induction. The Induction is a mandatory requirement with the objective of keeping DIA safe and secure for all passengers and staff. To prepare for your induction you will need to download and read the guidebook:

If you have applied for a DIA ASIC: once your application has been approved we will send you an email with your username and password and a link to the induction. On successful completion of the induction you will receive an email with an attached Training Record; you are required to print and sign the Training Record and bring it with you to the Terminal Control Centre (Gate 6) when collecting your ASIC. Remember – you also need to bring your original identification documents with you when collecting your ASIC.

If you are applying for Access Control Permissions, an Access Card or an Update to your Access Card: you will be required to register to sit the DIA Online Security Induction using the link below. We will send you an email with your username and password and a link to the induction within 72 hours. On successful completion of the induction you will receive an email with an attached Training Record; you are required to print and sign the Training Record and bring it with you to the Terminal Control Centre (Gate 6) along with your application form. 

Please do not register for an Induction if you have applied to DIA for your ASIC- we will register you automatically once your ASIC is approved 

Click Here to Register for Induction

Fees and Payment Options

All application fees are payable at the time of submission- no applications will be accepted without payment. All application fees are non-refundable, even if an application is unsuccessful or cancelled.

DIA accepts the following methods of payment:

  • Cash
  • EFTPOS
  • Credit    
  • Cheque made payable to Darwin International Airport

Please check with your employer as to any payment arrangements they have set up with us. Your company has the option of providing DIA with an Ongoing Credit Card Authority Form that will be securely retained by us and used for payment each time the company submits an application. Alternatively, you can attach a Single Payment Credit Card Authority Form that we will use for once off payment.

Please see below for current charges and application forms:

Form #

Type

Application Form

Fee (GST incl)

S001

Business Registration

DIA Business Registration

No fee

S002

ASIC Application

DIA ASIC Application

$220

S002

ASIC Application (Under 18)

DIA ASIC Application

$110

S003

Replacement ASIC

DIA Replacement ASIC Application

$80

S004

ASIC Company Transfer

DIA ASIC Transfer Application

$80

S005

Access Card

DIA Access Card Application

$20

S006

Access Card Update

DIA Access Card Update Application

No fee

S007

Access Control

DIA Access Control Application

No fee

S008

Electronic Key

DIA Key Application

$100 (deposit)

S009

Reissue of   Cancelled ASIC

DIA Reissue of Cancelled ASIC Application

$110

S010

Reissue of ASIC due to Visa Renewal

DIA Reissue of ASIC Application Visa Renewal

$110

S013

Temporary ASIC (Less than 24 hours)

DIA Temporary ASIC Application

No fee

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