International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) - Australian Government


You will require this approval if you act as a Ship Security Officer (SSO) on a regulated Australian ship. SSOs are responsible for a ship's security plan. An ISSC verifies that the ship is compliant with international obligations under the Chapter XI-2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1914 (SOLAS) and International Ship and Port Facility Code 2003 (ISPS).

This approval is required by all regulated Australian vessels in Australian waters, including:

  • ships that carry 13 or more paying passengers on overseas voyages
  • cargo ships of 500 or more gross tonnes that are used for overseas voyages
  • mobile offshore drilling units that are on overseas or interstate voyages (other than a unit that is attached to the seabed)
  • ships that are being used or can be used to carry both passengers and vehicles on interstate vehicles.

This certificate is also required for SSOs working on foreign vessels that intend to enter an Australian port.

Service type


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


A ship operator may apply to the Agency for an ISSC Exemption. ISSC Exemptions are often granted where overseas voyages are rare, infrequent or exceptional.

Eligibility requirements

Applications must be made in writing on the approved form with accompanying details, and must:

  • detail your completion of at least 12 months qualifying sea service (or appropriate sea service and knowledge of ship operations considered the equivalent to sea service)
  • provide proof of successfully completed approved training
  • identify the ship by name, official number, IMO ship identification (used for overseas voyages) and any other distinctive numbers or letters that identify the ship
  • include a statement that a ship security plan is in force for the ship.

If you hold a Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Certificate of Competency you should submit it at the time of application.

International applications must also state when the ship may be inspected for the purpose of determining whether the ship meets the requirements necessary for international verification.

An interim licence may be given for a duration of 6 months while waiting to undergo an inspection.


Up to 5 years


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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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