Those who wish to drive airside or operate vehicles and equipment on airside operating areas, taxiways, and aprons will require an Authority to Drive Airside (ADA) license.
It is a regulatory requirement that people have the appropriate authority to access airside.
As Newcastle Airport is a security controlled airport, you will be required to seek an approval to drive airside, and if approval is granted you will need an ADA for the driver. An Authority to Drive Airside (ADA) is an authority issue by Newcastle Airport Pty Limited that permits the holder of the ADA to operate a vehicle on the airside at Newcastle Airport within certain designated areas, depending upon the category of ADA the drive holds.
Categories of ADA
The airside areas for which driving is authorised for each category of ADA are:
Your authority to access airside may be provided by Newcastle Airport Pty Limited if you have a legitimate requirement to work airside. In your Airside Driving Authority application you must give a valid/lawful reason to go airside.
Applicants must undertake and pass an airside driving test at Newcastle Airport prior to issue of an ADA.
This test is based on the Newcastle Airport ADA Handbook, which will assist in preparing you for your test prior to obtaining an ADA.
If you require frequent and/or unescorted access to a secure area at Newcastle Airport you will need a valid ASIC (Aviation Security Identification Card). This is a requirement of the Aviation Security Regulations 2005.
The issue of ASICs is one aspect of security at Newcastle Airport to ensure only people who have undergone a background check and had access approved, reach secure areas of the airport. The ASIC scheme aims to reduce the risk of unlawful interference with aviation, not just terrorism.
Download the AusCheck Privacy Notice for an explanation of what personal information is collected about you when you apply for an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC), how your personal information will be used, and where you can find out more information. All identification cards and access control permissions are subject to the terms and conditions of issue and use under which they are issued.
Persons requiring an ASIC and lawful access should complete the ASIC application form and submit the completed form to Newcastle Airport.
Applicants must undertake and pass a security awareness test at Newcastle Airport prior to issue of an ASIC. This test is based on the Newcastle Airport
Security guide handbook (7962 KB), which will assist in preparing you for your security awareness test prior to obtaining an ASIC.
The full terms of ASIC issue and information regarding aviation security identification can be found at the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport website.
A list of frequently asked questions about ASICs can be found here. For further information on ASICs see www.casa.gov.au
Please download this test if you're applying for an ASIC for an airport other than Newcastle Airport:
A Visitor Identification Card (VIC) is issued to visitors to secure areas of security controlled airports. Visitors to secure areas must have a valid reason for entering the secure area, must prove their identity and be supervised by an ASIC holder at all times.
Visitors can be issued a VIC to access a secure area across a particular security controlled airport for a maximum of 28 days within a 12 month period.
If someone requires access to the secure area of an airport for more than 28 days a year, they will need to apply for an ASIC. An extended VIC may be issued temporarily while the ASIC approval is underway. Before a person may be issued a VIC they must have a valid reason for entering the secure area of an airport, which must be confirmed by the holder of an ASIC.
This reason must be updated if it changes at any time during the visit. To apply for an extended VIC please familiarise yourself with the Newcastle Airport Security Guide Handbook before undertaking the Security knowledge test for VIC application and returning your application to Newcastle Airport.
The full terms of VIC issue and further information regarding aviation security identification can be found at the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport website.
Please download this form if you're applying for a VIC:
To be issued with a terminal proximity access card you must complete the application and test for access to a secure area form. This test is based on the information provided in the Newcastle Airport Security Guide Handbook.
The conditions of Newcastle Airport terminal proximity access card issue are outlined below:
If you have a specific question that hasn’t been answered in the information and links provided above, please contact us.