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Security Clearances

If you agree to undertake the security clearance process, you must:

  • disclose all relevant and required information;
  • cooperate in the collection of personal documentation and corroborating evidence;
  • answer questions fully and honestly; and
  • provide accurate information and personal documentation.

Only Australian citizens with a verifiable background are eligible for an Australian Government security clearance. You will be asked to provide evidence of Australian citizenship. Periods of greater than 12 months (cumulative) spent outside Australia must be verified from independent and reliable sources. Background checks should generally be able to be undertaken in Australia—it is expected that eligible applicants will have strong, established ties to Australia.

Candidates must also be assessed as suitable to obtain and maintain a Positive Vetting (PV) security clearance. Any doubts about the suitability for access to security classified resources will be resolved in favour of the national interest.

The minimum mandatory checks for a PV clearance to establish a person’s suitability include:

  • verification of identity;
  • background checks;
  • financial probity checks;
  • police records check;
  • referee checks;
  • qualification verification;
  • digital footprint checks;
  • psychological assessment;
  • a security interview; and
  • other checks as required.

To be considered suitable to hold a security clearance, at any level, it must be established that you possess and demonstrate an appropriate level of integrity and are not vulnerable to influence or coercion. In a security context, integrity is defined as possession and demonstration of a range of character traits that inspire confidence in your ability to protect security classified resources. These character traits are:

  • honesty;
  • trustworthiness;
  • maturity;
  • resilience;
  • tolerance; and
  • loyalty.

Our staff are subject to a strict no drugs policy to reflect the impact of substance abuse and misuse on behaviour, judgement, physical and mental health.  The policy prohibits the use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription or other medications.  You should adhere to our policy from the date you submit your application.

We realise some candidates will have used drugs in the past.  This may not be a bar to a successful application, but it is important to be open and honest about your drug/substance use.  You will be provided with the opportunity to disclose and discuss your drug use during the security clearance process.    

You will also be asked for your consent to participate in drug testing should your application proceed.