What is MSIC?
As from the 1st January 2007, any person requiring unescorted access within a
maritime security zone is required to display a Maritime Security
Identification Card (MSIC). An MSIC is a nationally recognized security
identification card that shows you are cleared to enter and work in maritime
security zones of our ports, ships and offshore oil and gas facilities. Having
an MSIC won't entitle you to automatic entry to any or all security zones but it
does show that you have successfully completed the background checking process
required to enter these zones. A security access card may be required to access
certain security zones.
Why Use 1-Stop?
One benefit of using 1-Stop is that you are able to apply online from any
location that has internet access using the 1-Stop web application and have your
identity check completed at most Australia Post outlets within Australia.
The 1-Stop issued MSIC card has been developed with specific technology so it can
be used as the access card for Patrick Stevedores, DP World or
AAT facilities. This means that you have a single card with dual use and there
is no additional cost for the access component. All that is required is to
complete the site induction tests and your card will be activated within the
access control systems at the relevant facilities.
Warning - Severe Penalties
The use of another individual's MSIC constitutes a criminal offence under the
Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Regulations 2003 (MTOFSR).
The MTOFSR is very clear on this issue; "a person commits an offence if he or she
is in maritime secuirty zone and he or she fails to properly display a valid
MSIC or temporary MSIC". AN MSIC issued to another individual is not a "valid"
MSIC. Severe Penalties of between $500 and $2,000 may apply to an individual
trying to present another individual's MSIC
In addition to these penalties, the Maritime Industry Participant (MIP)
responsible for managing access to the maritime security zone will be asked to
immediately remove the MSIC from circulation.
The individual to whom the MSIC has been issued will then be asked to
demonstrate to the Department of Transport and Regional Services why their MSIC
should not be immediately cancelled.