COMMENT FROM THE CATCH 22 ARTICLE:

“The ENTIRE contracting community would LOVE a “direct to candidate” shop-front from AGSVA, and an elimination of the need to be already placed in a role that requires a security clearance a given level. We’d all be positively vetted. Make security vetting a personal obligation like a white card, wwvp, or drivers or firearm licence.” – ImaWestieCanberra via The Druitt:

Our Response: The Cleard.life assessment is a standalone check and recognised as an Organisational Suitability Assessment Screening qualification. By using AGSVA-approved Vetting Officers who are on the Industry Vetting Panel, the Cleared.life qualification anticipates the official clearance process. Decisions are made one hour after the interview, not months or years.

COMMENT FROM THE CATCH 22 ARTICLE:
“Definitely a REAL and SERIOUS problem. I’ve applied for 300+ online ICT jobs in Canberra with zero success. So I started ringing the recruitment agencies to find out why. They admit that they have not been putting my application forward. They can only submit 2-3 applicants per jobs, and prioritise based on (1) current security clearance, and then (2) skills. Without a current clearance my application doesn’t have a chance.. This is unfair and illegal and the employers are missing out on potentially the most skilled applicants.” – brebsCanberra: 

Our Response:  In the 1990’s one of the highly effective habits was to “Begin with the end in mind”. Ask your  private recruitment agency to make contact with us, and use our pre-employment suitability qualification at the beginning of the selection process so they can begin with the end in mind (the end = a security cleared position to be filled). Using the result internally, the recruitment agency can assess that there might be better people in the marketplace without a current clearance, but have the PROVEN character and suitability to hold one, once given the chance.