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Page last updated on 13-07-2023.


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.

From 14 July 2023, the Port of Townsville will no longer process MSIC applications.

The Department of Home Affairs will be the single issuing body for MSICs across Australia.

All Port staff, customers, service providers and contractors requiring a new or renewed MSIC must apply via Home Affairs' AusCheck website.

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


Important Note - The Port of Townsville DOES NOT provide technical support for MSIC online induction


Further information on the MSIC scheme is available at the Department of Home Affairs website.