Airside Access



Essendon Airport has five vehicle access gates at different locations, which provide an automated method for vehicle access to authorised persons. Access through these gates is via an Essendon Airport approved access card system.



To gain access to airside on foot an access card is required. Essendon Airport has three areas where pedestrians can access airside - through the airport terminal, at an access gate north of the airport terminal, and through an access gate between Hangar 4 and Hangar 5. 

For more information regarding vehicle or pedestrian airside access please refer to the following documents. 

Airside Safety Operating Procedures Manual Airside Safety Operating Procedures February 2015.pdf

Pedestrian Access Card Application :  Pedestrian Airside Access Form February 2017.pdf


Authority to Drive Airside course

An Authority to Drive Airside training course is available at the offices of  Essendon Airport Pty Ltd.  These courses run on a monthly basis.

Current scheduled dates are as follows :

*  Wednesday 15th February, 2017

*  Wednesday 22nd March, 2017

*  Wednesday 12th April, 2017

*  Wednesday 17th May, 2017


Each course holds 8 attendees so bookings are essential.


Please note :  These dates are subject to change

(Category 1 courses commence at 10.00am / Category 2 courses commence at 11.15am)

 The duration of the course is approx. one hour – with a  short test on conclusion.

Anyone wishing to register for an Authority to Drive Airside course can book via email at or phone on 03 9948 9400.

Requirements for the courses (prior to course commencement date) are as follows :

   For Category 1 (apron only) :

Must email colour copy of identification –

1. Current ASIC and

2. Current state or territory driver’s licence.


For Category 2 (apron & taxiways) :

Must email colour copy of identification –

  1. Current ASIC

  2. Current state or territory driver’s licence and

  3. Radio licence

     Please note : All of the above original ID’s must also be presented on the day of training.


Please note :  There is a new Cancellation Policy for Essendon Airport Authority to Drive Airside (Airside Driver Training)  :

Cancellation Policy - effective from 01 August 2015 for Essendon Airport Airside Driver Training 

Cancellations MUST be notified in writing (via email) no less than 24 hours prior to the training course date/time. 

After this time, no registration fee will be refunded, but replacements will be accepted.

Bookings, cancellations and queries can be emailed to  :