Working at Karratha Airport

Karratha Airport is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all employees, contractors and visitors across our operations.  Find out more about inductions, courses and permits required to work at Karratha Airport.   

Security Regulations

The safety and security of passengers and staff at Karratha Airport is the City’s priority. 
Karratha Airport is a security-controlled airport, with the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and Aviation Transport Safety Regulations applying to people working in the airside and landside security zones. 

Anyone working in the airside security zone must properly display a valid red Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC). A person working in a secure area (other than the airside security zone) must properly display either a valid red ASIC or valid grey ASIC.

Security measures apply, including screening of itinerant aircraft crew and their passengers, and the inspection of items going to the main airport. 

Pilots of charter flights are responsible for the close escort of passengers to and from the terminal building, and ensuring the passenger’s separation from screened airline passengers.

Contact the Karratha Airport Management Office on (08) 9286 8507 or email airportservices@karratha.wa.gov.au for further information. Alternatively, the Duty Airport Reporting Officer (ARO) can be contacted on 0418 799 460.

Drug and Alcohol Management Plan (DAMP)

The safety and security of passengers and staff at Karratha Airport is the City’s priority.

Governed by Part 99 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, the City’s Drug and Alcohol Management Plan (DAMP) applies to people who perform, or are available to perform a safety sensitive aviation activity (SSAA).

The DAMP aims to minimise the risks and effects of alcohol and other drugs, and prevent people who are affected by drugs and alcohol from undertaking work.

SSAA employees may be subject to drug and alcohol testing conducted by or on behalf of the City, or by CASA.

Online inductions

Karratha Airport is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all employees, contractors and visitors across our operations. 

All employees, including contractors and subcontractors, working at Karratha Airport are required to complete the mandatory online Karratha Airport General Induction prior to commencing work. If you will be required to work airside you must also complete Airside Safety Awareness.

The mandatory courses are offered through AIRDAT Passport; an airport-specific cloud-based training management and compliance system used by airports around the world.  

For for instructions on completing these courses, download the AIRDAT Passport Guide

We recommend that a company administrator registers an account first in AIRDAT Passport and sets up the company details. This only needs to be completed once.

Contact help@airdat.org for help with registering or logging in with AIRDAT.

ASIC and VIC applications

Karratha Airport is a security-controlled airport, with the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and Aviation Transport Safety Regulations applying to people working in airside and landside security zones.
Under the Act, you must have an operational need to be airside at Karratha Airport. If you require unescorted access airside you must comply with the requirements for a background check and properly display a valid red Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).

Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)

An ASIC card is required to obtain unescorted access to secure areas of security controlled airports that have regular public transport (RPT) services. If you have an operational requirement to access sterile or airside areas of Karratha Airport, you must apply for an ASIC and can do so through one of many online platforms. Below are some available online services:


Visitor Identification Card (VIC)

A person may apply for a VIC if they have an operational need to enter the secure area (Terminal Sterile or Airside) of the Airport for a lawful purpose. A VIC holder must be escorted by an ASIC holder and supervised at all times.

Note: All VICs are issued in accordance with the 28-day rule as per the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005.

You must contact airport management on 08 9186 8507 to arrange collection with your ASIC sponsor.
All costs are outlined within the document below, Karratha Airport Fees and Charges 2022-23

Airside Operations License and Airside Vehicle Permits

The safety and security of passengers and staff at Karratha Airport is the City’s priority.

Companies are required to complete an Airside Operations Licence (AOL) Application before they can apply for Airside Vehicle Permits (AUA). 
As part of this application process, companies must provide an overview of their services, supporting documentation demonstrating a genuine business need to operate airside and a copy of Certificate of Currency Insurance. 

All vehicles and equipment requiring access airside must have a valid AUA permit affixed to the vehicle. 

Applying for an Airside Operations Licence (AOL)
Step 1 - Register an account
Register for an account online with AIRDAT Onboard. Companies and sole traders should nominate a key account manager to complete this registration, as the Airport Application only needs to be completed once for each company/sole trader.
Applications are reviewed annually. Your responses are saved each year - if your information has not changed, you may resubmit your same application.  
Read the how-to guide on registering an AIRDAT Onboard account for more information.

Step 2 - Airside Operations Licence Application
Launch your Airport Application online to start your application to operate vehicles airside. You will be asked to submit information such as your insurance documentation and detail your operational requirements. 
There are three short sections/milestones in Karratha Airports Application. These may be completed in any order, but all must be approved by Karratha Airport before applying for an AUA.
Submit your section/milestones online. 

Step 3 - Add Fleet and Permit
Create a fleet profile for your vehicle by adding the registration/equipment number, make, model, year of manufacture and fuel type of your vehicle.

Apply for your AUA permit online when you have collated all the necessary information. 
 

Authority to drive airside

The safety and security of passengers and staff at Karratha Airport is the City’s priority.
If you have an operational required to drive airside must comply with Karratha Airport's Authority to Drive Airside (ADA) regulations as outlines in the Airside Vehicle Control Handbook (AVCH) below. ADAs are valid for two years. 

Prerequisites for securing your ADA: 

  • valid red ASIC
  • valid driver's licence
  • completed mandatory airport eLearning courses (General Induction and Airside Safety Awareness)
  • complete relevant ADA eLearning course for the category you are requiring
  • for Cat 3 ADA only – Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC).

Enrol in ADA elearning online to start your application. 
Launch ADA e-learning to progress your application. 

Book your practical assessment through AIRDAT Passport once you have completed your prerequisites. 
Contact airportservices@karratha.wa.gov.au for assistance with your ADA application.

All costs are outlined in the fees and charges document listed below.

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