Security Clearance Sponsorship
Under the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF), personnel that need ongoing access to security classified resources must hold a security clearance at the appropriate level.
Security classified resources include Protected, Secret and Top Secret information, systems that hold classified information, and classified assets. A person may also be required to hold a security clearance if they occupy a position of trust requiring additional assurance about the integrity of the position’s occupant.
A security clearance is not required to access information that does not have a security classification, including Official or Official: Sensitive information. For this type of information, routine employment screening is sufficient.
What Security Clearances are there?
At Allectum, we facilitate three distinct levels of security clearance, each designed to meet specific requirements and provide varying degrees of access to classified information and sensitive environments.
Security Clearance Vetting Process
Assistant Secretary Vetting (ASV)
The Assistant Secretary Vetting (ASV) is the security clearance delegate, within AGSVA, authorised to grant, deny, or revoke an existing Australian Government security clearance.
Security Clearance Timeframes
The timeframes above can be heavily influenced by the seasonal load placed upon AGSVA by other government agencies.
Security Clearance Assessment Checks
Depending on the Security Clearance request, AGSVA will conduct the following checks once an AGSVA ePack has been submitted.
AGSVA may ask for additional information or undertake additional checks and interviews during the vetting assessment process, if there is need to do so in order to resolve a security clearance decision in the interest of national security.
Security Clearance FAQ’s
In order to be eligible for an Australian Government security clearance, an individual must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Australian citizenship – determined by the sponsoring entity before requesting a clearance
- Checkable background – determined by AGSVA as part of the vetting assessment
In addition to confirming an individual is eligible to hold an Australian Government security clearance, AGSVA will determine if an individual is suitable to hold a security clearance. This is done by conducting certain checks prescribed by the Australian Government’s Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF), and making an assessment of the individual’s overall integrity using the following character traits:
The PSPF requires that any doubt regarding an individual’s suitability to hold a security clearance must be resolved in the national interest.
To be sponsored by Allectum and be granted a security clearance by AGSVA you must be an Australian Citizen.
No, AGSVA manages the clearance process independently of any sponsoring organisation.
Security clearance fees vary depending on your circumstances and clearance requirements. Please submit a clearance enquiry to explore your options further.
All security clearances are required to be reviewed at regular intervals. The interval depends on the level of the security clearance as outlined below. AGSVA will advise you when your security clearance is due for review.
- Baseline – 15 years
- NV1 – 10 years
- NV2 – 7 years
- TSPV – 7 years
AGSVA is the central vetting agency for the Australian Government and conducts security clearance assessments for federal, state and territory agencies.
More information can be found on their website: https://www1.defence.gov.au/security/clearances
DISP, managed by the Defence Industry Security Office (DISO), supports Australian businesses to understand and meet their security obligations when engaging in Defence projects, contracts and tenders. It is essentially security vetting for Australian businesses.
More information can be found on their website: https://www1.defence.gov.au/security/industry