You are required to hold a Maritime Security Industry Card (MSIC) if you work in the secure area of a:
- Ship; or
- Offshore oil or gas facility.
A MSIC is a nationally consistent identification card that states that the holder has met the background check requirements to work in a maritime security zone. All people that require unmonitored access within a maritime security zone (such as port security zones, ship security zones and on-board security zones) must hold and display a MSIC.
A MSIC is required by a range of businesses / occupations including:
- Port, port facility and port service workers, inspectors and security guards;
- Transport operators such as train and truck drivers;
- Seafarers on Australian regulated ships; and
- People who work on, and / or supply, offshore oil and gas facilities.
Some exemptions exist for certain occupations. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for this card, you must:
- Provide an operational need for a card, such as your occupation or business requires you to have unmonitored access to a maritime security zone;
- Provide identification; and
- Undergo background checks, including a criminal background check by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and a security assessment conducted by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) or AusCheck.
If you are not an Australian citizen, you will also need to provide confirmation that you have a right to work in Australia.
Applications can be made through your employer or industry representatives. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
MSICs are valid for up to four years, with a background check required every two years. MSIC applicants have the choice of having a four year or two year MSIC.
The cost of an MSIC varies between issuing bodies. Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Office of Transport Security
Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 (Australian Government)
Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Regulations 2003 (Australian Government)
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