Home Affairs eyes control of security ID cards

One body to oversee issuing of MSICs and ASICs says Andrews

Home Affairs eyes control of security ID cards
Karen Andrews


Consultation has begun on reform of security identification cards for ports and airports.

The cards allow unescorted access to secure areas.

Under the plan, the Department of Home Affairs would be the sole issuing authority for maritime and aviation security identification cards (MSICs and ASICs).

 The federal government is pledging to bring industry with it to "co-design" the reform.

"We know that Australia’s aviation and maritime transport infrastructure is targeted by a range of organised criminals, terrorists, and malicious foreign actors," home affairs minister Karen Andrews said.

"ASICs and MSICs give the bearer unescorted access to some of our most sensitive trade and cargo links.

"Working with industry to co-design improvements to this process by moving to a single, Government-issuing authority will assure the integrity of these cards and further harden the aviation and maritime sectors to exploitation and unlawful interference.

"I encourage industry to have their say during the consultation process.

"Your continued support will ensure any vulnerabilities in the current schemes are addressed – better protecting all Australians."

More information is available at the Department of Home Affairs here.


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