Australian Security Clearances

Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA)

The AGSVA is responsible for granting, revalidating and re-evaluating security clearances for the Commonwealth (excluding other authorised vetting agencies) in compliance with Australian Government protective security policies. The AGSVA promotes government national security objectives by assessing the eligibility and suitability of people who require access to security protected or other sensitive official information or assets to do their work.

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DISP Membership

In April 2014, HTR was first granted membership for the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP).

This facility has helped HTR to expedite the Security Clearances for Defence Personnel. Currently HTR can process clearances up to and including NV1.

Recently, in November 2021, HTR’s accreditation was assessed and renewed.

The four levels of personnel security clearances are:

  • BASELINE entails screening to permit ongoing access to Australian Government resources security classified up to and including the PROTECTED level. This is the mandatory minimum clearance for Defence civilians and Defence contractors;

  • NEGATIVE VETTING – LEVEL 1 (NV1); a suitability assessment that permits ongoing access up to SECRET information and assets. The suitability assessment includes BASELINE plus additional suitability checks.

  • NEGATIVE VETTING – LEVEL 2 (NV2); a background investigation that permits ongoing access to up to TOP SECRET information and assets. The investigation includes BASELINE plus additional suitability checks as well as background interviews. An NV2 security clearance will be sufficient for most roles requiring intermittent access to TOP SECRET classified resources

  • POSITIVE VETTING (PV); permits access to resources at all classification levels, including certain types of caveated and code-word information, and usually relates to employment in an Australian Intelligence Community agency. PV clearances must be approved by the appropriate authority and should only be sought where there is a demonstrated need to access extremely sensitive information, capabilities, operations and systems.

For further information regarding your responsibilities and the security clearance process, you can find the AGSVA Frequently Asked Questions and the AGSVA Security Clearance Applicant Guide Book here.

Application Process

  1. All applicants must complete HTR Security Clearance Request Form and return via email to [email protected].
  2. Applicants who have not previously held a security clearance with AGSVA must submit a current CV with their Security Clearance Request Form.
  3. HTR will assess the applicant’s submission and if all is in order, will issue an invoice to the applicant for payment.
  4. If HTR assesses that the applicant’s request should not proceed or more information needs to be provided, HTR will provide appropriate feedback to the applicant.
  5. Once payment has been made by the applicant, HTR will commence with the Security Clearance Request.

Please be aware of delays in processing times – As of March 2022, the AGSVA have informed us that they have significant delays in Security Clearance processing times. For example, a Baseline Clearance would normally take 20 working days from when AGSVA start to analyse your application, currently it is taking 60 working days.
Please contact our Security Officer at [email protected] if you have questions about your application.

For all Security Clearance enquiries please contact our Security Officer at [email protected]

To assist our Security Officer with your Security Clearance application please fill out a HTR Security Clearance Request Form