Your suitability to hold a security clearance is determined after a series of assessments and background checks. These are undertaken to ensure that people entrusted with access to security classified information or resources are eligible, suitable and can be trusted to safeguard them.
Security clearances are only required for people who, as part of their work for the Australian Government, need to access classified information or resources. When you start a new government job or contract, you will be advised if you need a security clearance and, if so, the level required.
No individual or entity owns a security clearance. A clearance reflects a government requirement for access and is valid only while the government requirement for that access remains current.
You do not need to hold a security clearance to bid for Australian Government work. Australian Government procurement guidelines are clear that there should be no competitive advantage in having an existing security clearance.
To obtain a security clearance you need to be sponsored by your employing government agency—security clearances are not available on demand or on a speculative basis.
It is government policy that the number of people requiring security clearances to perform their duties is kept to a minimum.
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