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    Airside access

    Airside Permits (ALAO/ADA/AUA & ABDA)

    The AIRDAT System

    In 2016 Melbourne Airport introduced AIRDAT, which is a single course platform and central repository system that when fully implemented will manage all Airside Driver Authority (ADA), Aerobridge Driver Authority (ABDA) and Authority to Use Airside (AUA – Vehicle Permits) applications, bookings and records including; airside Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs).

    Access Licence for Airside Operator (ALAO) application

    An ALAO is required for any business wishing to operate and register a vehicle for airside use, and where staff members are required to obtain their Airside Drivers Authority (ADA) for the purpose of driving a vehicle airside.

    To be eligible for an ALAO the company applying must satisfy the following prerequisites:

    • have a genuine business airside (proof of on airport engagement)
    • support by an on airport company (support letter provided)
    • provide evidence of Public Liability Insurance of minimum AUD $50,000,000 with an Airside Activities Endorsement.
    • provide evidence of Vehicle Insurance for AUD $30,000,000 with no airside exclusions.
    • The Certificate of Currency must mention Melbourne Airport as additionally insured.

    Complete the ALAO here.

    More information on how to obtain an ALAO can found by reading the information pack.

    Authority to Use Airside (AUA)

    All vehicles/equipment requiring access to the airside of Melbourne Airport must have a valid Permanent (valid for 2 year) Authority for Use Airside (AUA), a Temporary AUA (1-14 days) or a Works Temporary Permit. The AUA must be displayed and visible on the bottom right-hand side of the windscreen if practicable.

    To apply for a permanent AUA you must first complete the ALAO.

    Airside Driver Authority (ADA)

    Any company wishing to apply for an ADA must first obtain an ALAO via the AIRDAT Onboard system.

    Additionally, Airside Drivers Authority applicants MUST be able to provide details of why they require an ADA. This information must include their duties on airside, who the work is for, how often they drive there, where they need to travel, etc. and sent to [email protected]. This will assist Melbourne Airport in determining if they have a valid need to hold an ADA (as is required by legislation).

    If you are employed by an ‘off-airport’ agency, you will also need to attach a letter of support from your contracting organisation that validates the claims and have your application pre-approved by Melbourne Airport prior to being able to book into an ADA training session.

    Aerobridge Driver Authority (ABDA)

    To obtain an aerobridge driver authority (ABDA) all applicants must complete the following:

    • Theory training conducted by Melbourne Airport (online learning).
    • Practical training conducted by either Melbourne Airport or your organisation (to complete the training through your organisation). This can be sent to [email protected].