If you work in a maritime security zone, you need to hold a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC).

The MSIC is a national identification card that proves you have passed a background check, and met the minimum security requirements to work unescorted or unmonitored in a maritime security zone. The MSIC is not an access card, so you'll also have to request access from individual port or facility control locations.  

You'll need to hold a MSIC if, at least once a year, you require unmonitored access to a maritime security zone, as part of your employment as a:  

  • port, port facility or port service worker
  • stevedore
  • transport operator, including train and truck drivers
  • seafarer on an Australian regulated ship, or  
  • work on and/or supply to offshore oil and gas facilities.

To apply for a 2 year or 4 year MSIC, you'll need to:

  • provide evidence of your operational need to hold a MSIC, with a letter of sponsorship from your employer or the port facility
  • lodge an application through a MSIC issuing body, and
  • undergo a background check process to: check your criminal history, complete a security assessment, and confirm your right to work in Australia.

If you hold a 4 year MSIC, you'll need to complete a follow-up background check 2 years after your MSIC is issued. 

For more information about applying for a MSIC, visit the Department of Home Affairs.

Last updated: 28 November 2023