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Do I need an MSIC?

If you work within Australia in the offshore or maritime industries, chances are that you will need a Maritime Security Identification Card.

An MSIC is a Commonwealth approved form of identity which shows that the holder has met the security requirements to work unmonitored in a designated maritime security zone.

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Are you Job Ready?

If your employer or facility has identified your need to obtain an MSIC, we can assist you to apply for your MSIC card.

It generally takes around 10 - 15 minutes to apply for your MSIC. Cards for approved applicants can be issued in about 1 - 2 weeks from when we receive your application forms and identity documents.

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MSICs Delivered Australia Wide

Our MSIC program is managed in accordance with the Commonwealth of Australia Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Regulations 2003. We achieve the fastest turnaround times for you through our automated processing system and on site card production facility.

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Most Popular Frequently Asked Questions
  • Who needs an MSIC?

    In May 2005, the Australian Government introduced amendments to the Maritime Transport Security Act 2003 in Federal Parliament in an effort to further secure the nation's maritime and offshore industries. These amendments have led to the introduction of Maritime Security Identification Cards (MSIC) which ensure that those persons working in these critical industries are subject to appropriate background checks.

    Since 1 January 2007, all personnel requiring unmonitored access to a maritime or offshore security zone are required to display an MSIC.

    What is a Maritime Security Zone?

    Maritime and offshore facility operators are responsible for establishing Maritime Security Zones (MSZ). MSZs may be established for a range of reasons including:

    • controlling the movement of people;
    • providing cleared areas within the port or offshore facility environs;
    • preventing interference with ships and offshore facilities; and
    • restricting access to specified areas including critical installations.
    What is an Operational Need?

    A person has an "Operational Need" to hold an MSIC if his or her occupation or business interests require, or will require, him or her to have unmonitored access to a maritime security zone at least once a year.

    This includes:

    • port, port facility and port service workers;
    • stevedores;
    • 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.
  • What is the definition of an adverse criminal record?

    A person has an adverse criminal record if he or she has been convicted of a Maritime-security-relevant offence (MSRO) and sentenced to imprisonment (including a suspended sentence, periodic detention, home-based detention, and detention until the rising of the court).

  • Can I apply if I am looking for work?

    If you are seeking employment which works in or supports the maritime and offshore industries and your role will require unescorted access to a Maritime Security Zone (MSZ) at least once a year, then you can apply for an MSIC.

    The application process will assist you in determining your Operational Need requirement for an MSIC.

  • What are the eligibility requirements for an MSIC?

    To qualify for an MSIC, you must satisfy the following:

    • Possess an "Operational Need" for an MSIC
    • Possess an entitlement to work in Australia
    • Satisfy identification requirements's online application process will guide you through each of these eligibility requirements.

    Upon completion of your online form, you will be required to print your application, gather your necessary identity documents, and have a Justice of the Peace certify your documents.

    Once complete, post all items to us and we will process your application upon receipt.

  • What forms of identification are required to support my application?

    A document is a primary identification document for somebody if it is:

    1. a certified copy (that is, a copy certified by a Registrar of Births or similar officer to be a correct copy) of the entry, in a register of births, of his or her birth; or
    2. a copy (certified under section 44 of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948) of a citizenship certificate granted to him or her; or
    3. a document issued to him or her under the law of another country that is evidence, under that law, that he or she is a citizen of that country; or
    4. a passport* issued to him or her.

    * Note: It is the Department's policy that a passport cannot be used as a primary identification document if the expiry date of the passport is greater than 2 years preceding the date of the presentation by the MSIC applicant as a primary identification document. Other primary identification documents will need to be supplied by the MSIC applicant if this is the case.

    A document is a secondary identification document for somebody if:

    1. it has on it a recent photograph of him or her, or his or her signature; and
    2. it is:
      1. a licence (for example, a driver's licence) issued to him or her under a law of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory; or
      2. a government employee identification document issued to him or her; or
      3. an Australian student identification document issued to him or her; or
      4. a verifiable reference.

    A document is a tertiary identification document for somebody if:

    1. it sets out his or her name and address; and
    2. it is:
      1. a signed statement by his or her employer or former employer about that employment; or
      2. a copy (certified by a Registrar of Titles or similar officer to be a correct copy) of a record issued under a law about land titles; or
      3. a document issued by a rating authority from its records about land ownership or occupation; or
      4. a document issued by a bank or similar financial institution from its records about a mortgage or other security that he or she gave to the bank or institution; or
      5. an extract from the electoral roll compiled by the Australian Electoral Commission; or
      6. a record issued under a law in force in Australia other than a law about land titles