Revalidation and review activities


The Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) revalidates all security clearances at regular intervals.

The interval depends on the level of the security clearance held:

  • Baseline – 15 years
  • Negative Vetting 1 (NV1) – 10 years
  • Negative Vetting 2 (NV2) – 5 to 7 years
  • Positive Vetting (PV) –  5 to 7 years

Clearance holders and their Security Officer will be notified by email and SMS when a periodic revalidation is due and a clearance application will be issued.

A security clearance will be cancelled if a clearance holder does not complete a revalidation.

Review for Cause

If any concerns are raised about a clearance holder’s suitability to hold a security clearance, AGSVA will initiate a review for cause outside of routine revalidation intervals.

Positive Vetting annual security appraisal

Holding a Positive Vetting (PV) security clearance requires a security appraisal to be completed annually. The appraisal addresses compliance with general clearance obligations, including:

  • reporting changes in circumstances
  • security incidents
  • completing security awareness training.

During a PV annual appraisal a referee report from a current supervisor is required.