Eligibility and suitability

A security clearance assessment is conducted by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) to evaluate an individual’s eligibility and suitability to hold a security clearance.

Under the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF), an individual that needs ongoing access to security classified resources must hold a security clearance at the appropriate level.


In order to be eligible for an Australian Government security clearance, an individual must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • have a checkable background.

A sponsoring entity can waive these requirements if there is an exceptional business need and a risk assessment is conducted. However, this is not a guarantee that a security clearance will be granted.


An individual must also be suitable to hold a security clearance. This is determined by conducting checks as prescribed by the PSPF. An assessment of the clearance applicant’s overall integrity is made using the following character traits:

  • honesty
  • trustworthiness
  • maturity
  • tolerance
  • resilience
  • loyalty.


All security clearances must be sponsored by a government or business entity. Individuals cannot sponsor their own security clearance.