Anyone working within a maritime security zone is required to have and display a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC). If you need to enter a maritime security zone even once a year, you will need an MSIC.

The MSIC is a nationally consistent identification card which confirms that the holder has met the minimum background checking requirements to work in a maritime and/or offshore security zone.

A MSIC is not an access control card, and possession of a MSIC does not provide the right of entry to any facility within a maritime security zone. Access to maritime security zones is managed by the Maritime Industry Participant (MIP), or facility operator.

Only authorised bodies may issue a MSIC. The Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd (PBPL) is one such approved issuing body and Port of Townsville Limited is an authorised agent under PBPL's MSIC plan.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for MSIC applications to be processed.

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As of 1 July 2017 there will be an increase in our charges for MSIC Cards. The new charges will be:

  • $220 for 2 years; and
  • $400 for 4 years

MSIC Identity Document Changes commencing 1 August 2017

From 1 August 2017, there will be new requirements to verify your identity when applying for an MSIC. These include:

  • Face-to-face identity verification requirements
    • All MSIC applicants must present to their issuing body (or the issuing body’s representative) in person with their original identification documents to be able to be issued with a card.
  • New categories of identification documents
    • The new categories of identification documents replace the current identification document check with a more robust, risk-based approach to identity proofing.
    • All applicants will need to provide identification documents to meet each of the following document categories:
      • Category A – evidence of the start of the applicant’s identity in Australia (e.g. Australian Citizenship/Naturalisation Certificate, Australian Birth Certificate, Australian Visa);
      • Category B – a Government-issued document that provides photographic proof of the applicant’s identity and includes the applicant’s signature (e.g. Driver Licence, Proof of Age/Photo Card, Passport (Australian or foreign));
      • Category C – evidence of the applicant’s use of the identity while operating in their community (e.g. Medicare card, ASIC or MSIC, PAYG Summary); and
      • Category D – evidence of the applicant’s current residential address (e.g Utilities Account/Bill/Invoice, Bank Statement/Account Confirmation, Tenancy Agreement).
    • The applicant is only required to produce a category D document if their current residential address was not listed on any of the other documents they produced. As such, the minimum number of documents required is three, addressing all four categories e.g. Birth Certificate (Category A), Driver Licence (Categories B and D) and Medicare Card (Category C).

Important Note

  • The Port of Townsville DOES NOT provide technical support for MSIC online induction
  • In order to access the MSIC Induction using Windows 10, you must use the Internet Explorer browser and not the default Windows 10 browser (Microsoft Edge) . This is due to Silverlight not being supported in the Microsoft Edge browser. You can access the Internet Explorer browser through the Start menu or by loading the Microsoft Edge browser, then clicking on the three dots in the upper right corner and selecting the “Open with Internet Explorer” menu item.

For information regarding MSIC please contact (07) 4781 1639 (9:00am - 4:00pm Mon-Fri).

Further information on the MSIC scheme is available at the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.


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