AUSTRALIA’S Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is seeking the services of a supplier to design custom optically-variable security features that will be embedded into a laminate for use as the primary security feature on the Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) and the Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC). 

This procurement will deliver 1 unique design for the ASIC and one unique design for the MSIC for 2 designs in total. The supplier must be capable of supplying optically variable technology and materials that are reserved solely for use by Government authorities. 

The Maritime security identification card and (MSIC) is a nationally consistent identification card issued to identify a person who has undergone a background check. It shows that the holder has met the minimum security requirements to work unescorted or unmonitored in a maritime security zone. The MSIC is not an access card. The relevant authority at each port or facility controls access to its maritime security zones. MSICs are valid for up to 4 years, with a background check required every two years. Those requiring an MSIC may apply for a 2 or 4-year MSIC. Staff requiring a MSIC include port, port facility and port service workers; stevedores; transport operators such as train and truck drivers; seafarers on Australian regulated ships; and people who work on and/or supply offshore oil and gas facilities. 

Meanwhile, aviation security identification cards (ASICs), are issued to identify a person who has undergone a background check and has met the minimum security requirements to access secure areas of a security controlled airports. Same as he MISC, the ASIC, is not an access card. The relevant authority at each airport controls access to its secure areas. The ASIC scheme aims to reduce the risk of unlawful interference with aviation. Workers must display a red ASIC to access the security restricted area of an airport and either a red or a grey ASIC to access other secure areas. There are permanent and temporary ASICs, which may apply Australia-wide or may be specific to a particular airport.

The tender closes on April 5. ♦