Entry to airside through the pedestrian and vehicle access gates at Essendon Fields Airport is controlled through the issue of access fobs and gate remotes. Airport operators or contractors with an operational need to access the airside areas of the airport can apply for an access fob or gate remote using the Airside Access Application Form.

The following documents are required to be submitted with your Airside Access Application:

  1. A copy of your Airside Induction Certificate of Completion, which can be completed here;
  2. A colour copy of your current ASIC;
  3. A colour copy of a current state/territory driver’s licence or passport, or any category B identification document.

Complete applications are to be submitted to aviation@ef.com.au for processing

Conditions of Issue and Use

  1. Loss of access fob, key or gate remotes must be reported immediately to EAPL via  aviation@ef.com.au
  2. Access fobs, keys and gate remotes remain property of EAPL and must be surrendered on expiry, change or termination of present duty, or on request from EAPL.
  3. The fob or key may only be used in the course of the cardholder’s approved duties in the secure airside area and does not constitute an authority to enter or remain in a security controlled area for any other purpose.
  4. Access on fobs is registered for the use of the person to whom it has been issued only.
  5. Incorrect use of access provisions will result in the immediate withdrawal of access privileges.
  6. Applicant must remain a current red or grey ASIC holder.
  7. Applicants for airside vehicle access must hold a current Airside Driver’s Authority (ADA).
  8. Payment fees are not refundable once processed.

Security Awareness Training

Applicants are required to complete security awareness training prior to the issue or renewal of their airside access fob, key or gate remote. This training ensures a clear understanding of regulatory requirements while the applicant remains in the airside security zones, outlined in Part 3, Subdivision 3.3.3 of the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 and Essendon Airport Transport Security Program. This training must be completed and submitted with your initial application and renewed no less than once every 24 months.

Our Airside Induction has been developed to meet the ATSR 2005 security awareness training requirements and must be completed prior to the submission of  can be completed online at: http://linksafe.com.au/essendonfields/

Access Application

Security Handbook

Essendon Airport Pty Ltd (EAPL) and Essendon Fields Pty Ltd (EFPL) require certain people who are working at the airport to undertake induction programmes.

Essendon Fields online induction provider is Linksafe.

Contractor Induction

All EAPL and EFPL contractors and subcontractors working on the airport site are required to undertake the online Contractor Induction and carry the completion certificate with them at all times whilst working on the airport site.

All EAPL and EFPL contractors and subcontractors working airside are also required to complete the Airside Induction and carry the completion certificate with them at all times whilst working on the airport site.

Airside Induction

Persons who will be accessing or working airside are required to complete the Airside Induction.

Below is a guide as to what induction/s you are required to complete if you are working at Essendon Fields Airport.

Personnel Contractor Induction Airside Induction
EFA Contractors/Subcontractors working airside Y Y
EFA Contractors/Subcontractors working landside Y N
Persons applying for a YMEN ASIC N Y
Persons applying for airside access N Y
Aviation tenants and employees N Y
VIC card holders (non-contractors) N N

To access the induction portal, click here

Aerodrome Landing Fees can be downloaded by clicking on the following link.

The Conditions of Use document can be downloaded by clicking on the following link.


Airspace around leased Federal airports is protected under the Airports Act 1996 and the Airports (Protection of Airspace) Regulations 1996. The protection of airspace is essential in order to provide a safe and predictable environment for the arrival and departure of aircraft using an airport.

National and international standards have been adopted which define two sets of invisible surfaces above the ground. These surfaces are:

  • Obstacle Limitation Surface (OLS) and
  • Procedures for Air Navigation Services – Aircraft – Operations (PANS-OPS)

The OLS is generally the lowest surface and is designed to provide protection for aircraft flying into or out of the airport when the pilot is flying by sight. The PANS-OPS surface is generally above the OLS and is designed to safeguard an aircraft from collision with obstacles when the aircraft’s flight may be guided solely by instruments, in conditions of poor visibility.

Any activity that infringes an airport’s protected airspace is called a “controlled activity” and requires approval before it can be carried out. Controlled activities include the following:

  • Long term activities including structures, such as buildings, intruding into the protected airspace
  • Short term (no longer than 3 months) activities such as cranes intruding into the protected airspace
  • Any activities causing intrusions into the protected airspace through glare from artificial light or reflected sunlight, air turbulence from stacks or vents, smoke, dust, steam or other gases or particulate matter.

The Regulations provide for the airport operator to approve short-term activities intruding the OLS. The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development approves long term activities and short-term intrusions of the PANS-OPS surface. Long term intrusions of the PANS-OPS surface are prohibited. A person who carries out a controlled activity without approval commits an offence under Section 183 of the Airports Act 1996. That section provides for a penalty of 250 penalty units for each offence ($42,500 as at August 2014).

In addition, if a building authority receives a proposal for a building activity that, if undertaken, would constitute a controlled activity; it must give notice of the proposal to the airport operator. Failure to do so is an offence under Section 186 of the Airports Act 1996 (50 penalty units – $8,500 as at August 2014).

Approval Process

The approval process varies depending on the type of controlled activity:

  • Short-term controlled activities penetrating the OLS can be approved/refused by the airport operator after consultation with CASA and Airservices, or referred by the airport to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department) for a decision;
  • A decision on long term and short term controlled activities is required to be made by the Department within 28 days of the Department’s receipt of the application.
  • Long-term controlled activities penetrating the OLS and short term penetration of the PANSOPS are referred by the airport to the Department for a decision after consultation with CASA, Airservices and the relevant building authority;
  • A decision on short term controlled activities (OLS) is required to be made within 21 days of the airport operator receiving the application, unless the application is referred to the Department for a decision;
  • Long-term controlled activities penetrating the PANS-OPS airspace are not permitted, and the airport operator can notify the refusal of such controlled activities. If the airport operator assesses that the application is long term (more than 3 months duration) and would result in penetration of the PANS-OPS surface, it must be refused.
  • The Regulations require any decision by the airport operator to be made in the interests of the safety, efficiency or regularity of existing or future air transport operations into or out of the airport. An approval may be subject to conditions specified by the airport operator. These conditions may concern how the controlled activity is carried out (e.g. hours of operation of a crane), or may require the building or structure to be marked or lit in a certain way. These conditions must also be in the interests of the safety, efficiency or regularity of existing or future air transport operations.
  • The Regulations set the following timeframes for the approval of controlled activities:If the airport operator, CASA, Airservices or the Department requires further information in respect of individual applications, the decision is to be made within 21 days (for short-term intrusions) or 28 days (for long-term intrusions) of the extra information being provided by the applicant.

Further Information


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.

If you require and ASIC or a VIC, click here.

A pavement concession is required for any aircraft with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) greater than 50,000kg or with a tyre pressure greater than 1400kpa (203 PSI).

If a pavement concession is required, a Pavement Concession Application form must be completed and provided to Essendon Fields Airport a minimum of 2 business days prior to the planned aircraft arrival date.  The application will be assessed on the basis of pavement strengths and surface characteristics only, and approval may be withdrawn at any time should pavement damage occur.

Pavement Concession Application Form