Approval of a Ship Security Plan - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this approval if you operate a ship registered in Australia. All regulated Australian ships are required to have ship security plans, including:

  • Ships that carry 12 or more paying passengers on overseas or interstate voyages;
  • Cargo ships of 500 or more gross tonnes that are used for overseas or interstate voyages; and
  • Mobile offshore drilling units that are on overseas or interstate voyages (other than a unit that is attached to the seabed).

Ship security plans enhance Australia's maritime security arrangements by reducing the vulnerability to the attack of Australian ships, ports and other ships within Australia. Plans should:

  • Aim to prevent unauthorised carriage or possession of weapons or prohibited items on board the ship;
  • Introduce measures to prevent unauthorised access to the ship and any on-board security zones; and
  • Install procedures for responding to security threats or breaches of security, including procedures for maintaining critical operations of ship/port interface.

An offshore security plan for an offshore facility operator must set out security measures and procedures to monitor and control access to ship security zones, including measures to detect and deter unauthorised access to those zones. Regulated Australian ships to be used for maritime transport must also have an International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) in force.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Ship operators are required to submit their Ship Security Plans in writing for assessment by AusCheck or a similar process.

A ship security plan for a regulated Australian ship must:

  • Include a security assessment for the ship;
  • Set out the security activities or measures to be undertaken or implemented on, or in connection with, the ship for maritime security levels;
  • Include contact details for the ship's security officer;
  • Make provision for the use of declarations of security; and
  • Demonstrate that the implementation of the plan will make an appropriate contribution towards the achievement of the maritime security outcomes.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


5 years.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Office of Transport Security

Act(s) name

Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Regulations 2003 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Office of Transport Security

Operating address:
111 Alinga Street
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601




02 62748187


02 62746089

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