Approval of a Maritime Security Plan - Australian Government


You are required to have a Maritime Security Plan if you operate as a:

  • ship operator
  • security regulated port operator
  • port facility operator
  • offshore facility operator
  • offshore service provider.

A Maritime Security Plan sets out:

  • the security measures to be implemented at each maritime security level
  • the powers and responsibilities of officials, including maritime security guards
  • procedures for incident reporting
  • measures to prevent the introduction of weapons and prohibited items.

If you are required to have a Maritime Security Plan then you must apply for the plan to be approved.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Some of the general requirements you will need to address in your maritime security plans before approval include:

  • a security assessment for the participant's operation
  • the security activities or measures you will put in place at each security level
  • contact details for the participant's security officer
  • provision for the use of declarations of security
  • how the plan will make a contribution toward maritime security outcomes.

The plans must also set out how you will protect the plan from unauthorised access, amendment and disclosure.

As of the 30 June 2016, port service providers (operators of lighters, barges, line handling boats, pilotage services and tugs) are no longer required to have an approved maritime security plan in place.


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


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

Administering agency

Department of Home Affairs

Aviation and Maritime Security Division

Contact details

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