The Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) is located within the Department of Defence and is the central agency for the processing, evaluating and granting of security clearances for the Commonwealth. The AGSVA conducts clearances for the majority of Government under a fee-for-service model.
A security clearance process is conducted to ensure that an individual is both eligible and suitable to be granted, as well as maintain, a security clearance. A clearance is basically an inquiry into and corroboration of a person’s background, character and personal values. AGSVA will make the decision about granting a security clearance in accordance with the standards identified in the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework.
All clearances granted by AGSVA are portable across all agencies (excluding exempt agencies). This single, consistent approval has improved the clearance process by:
- providing one clearance that is effective across government;
- removing inconsistencies between previous clearance processes; and
- increasing the efficiency for all parties.
In submitting an application to AGSVA for a security clearance both the agency and applicant agree that they will abide by AGSVA policies, including the AGSVA Service Charter and the Standard Provision of Services.
The AGSVA Customer Service Charter can be downloaded here.
Attention security officers: Below is a list of all relevant security clearance forms and where they can be accessed. Please note that currently some are available here from the website, while others are available from the Security Officer Dashboard.
AGSVA is undertaking system updates to the Security Officer Dashboard to make it a one-stop-shop for security officers for all your vetting needs.
In line with this, when the system updates are completed, all forms, excluding the SVA 016 which is used to request access to the Security Officer Dashboard, will be available exclusively from the Security Officer Dashboard.
If you are a security officer requiring access to the Security Officer Dashboard, please complete an SVA 016 request form and submit it to the AGSVA.
E-Pack system weekly maintenance
Please be advised that the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) will be undertaking critical backup and maintenance of the E-Pack system every Saturday evening between 11pm and 12am (EDT).
This maintenance is vital to ensure the AGSVA continues to offer our customers the best service possible.
During maintenance users will be unable to access the E-Pack System. We have timed the work to occur when it is likely to cause the least disruption to users and apologise for any inconvenience.