Airside Identification Requirements

Essendon Fields Airport is a Security Controlled Airport that comprises both landside and airside areas.

It is a requirement under the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 (ATSR 2005) that all persons accessing the airside areas of Essendon Fields Airport must have a valid ASIC, or be a passenger under escort of an ASIC holder, or have a Visitor Identification Card (VIC) and be under escort by an ASIC holder.

What is an ASIC?

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 airside areas are required, under government regulations, to have an ASIC. The ASIC scheme is a layer of security that ensures only people who have been background checked to a certain level are permitted to be in the secure areas of the airport without supervision.

How to Apply for an ASIC

ASIC cards are issued by Aviation ID Australia. To apply for an ASIC, please click on the following link:

What is a VIC?

A VIC is a nationally consistent Identification Card that is issued to visitors who require access to the secure areas of Essendon Fields Airport and who do not hold an ASIC. All VIC holders must be supervised by an ASIC holder when in the secure areas at all times.

How do I obtain a VIC?

In order to obtain a VIC, you must:

  • Read and understand the Conditions of Issue (below);
  • Complete and submit a VIC application form (below);

Present in person to Essendon Fields Reception on the day the VIC is required with your nominated ASIC escort, and bring with you your category B identification and Airside Contractor Induction Certificate (if required).

Contractors applying for a VIC

All contractors (including sub-contractors and their employees and agents) engaged to carry out works airside at Essendon Fields Airport must complete the online Airside Contractor Induction programme prior to applying for a VIC and carry the completion certificate with them at all times whilst working on the airport site.

The contractor induction can be completed by clicking this link:

For the purposes of a VIC, a “contractor” is a person carrying out work for or on behalf of Essendon Fields, or who is carrying out work on the airside on or behalf of an aviation tenant, and where that work takes more than 30 minutes airside.  Work may include, but not be limited to:

  • A construction contract;
  • A maintenance contract where the contractor makes regular visits to the airside even if only for a short time each visit (for example quarterly maintenance of a facility);
  • An agreement to undertake a professional service (such as photography, a survey, a quotation for service, or facility inspection);
  • A supply or installation purchase order or contract;
  • Any other activity that is covered under CASR Part 99 that falls under the definition of a Safety Sensitive Aviation Activity.

Picking up your VIC

Your VIC can be picked up from Essendon Fields Reception at:

Level 2, 7 English St, Essendon Fields VIC 3041
Monday to Friday – between 9.00 am – 12.00 pm & between 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
If you need to arrange a pick up time outside of these hours, please contact Essendon Fields Reception on 9948 9400.

Conditions of Issue

You must make yourself familiar with the Conditions of Issue prior to applying for your VIC. You can download them here.

Downloadable Application Form

Applicants can download the VIC application form and email the completed form to

If you have any questions about completing this application form, please call 9948 9400

Download VIC Pass Application form here.

Online Application Form

Visitor Pass Online Application Form