07 4952 4184
153 Boundary Road, Ooralea, Mackay Qld
PO Box 5606 Mackay MC Qld 4741

Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC)

Maritime Security Identification Cards

MSIC is a nationally consistent identification card, which allows work to be carried out in a maritime and/or offshore security zone. It meets the minimum security requirements to allow a holder to be unmonitored within a maritime security zone.

Resource Industry Network is an authorized Issuing body facilitated through the Port of Brisbane.  Please note we only have a limited number of appointments available each week, so we are not always able to offer an appointment at short notice. 

What is 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.

What are maritime security zones?

Maritime security zones are areas within regulated ports, around and on board regulated Australian ships, which have additional security requirements, as defined by the Maritime Transport Security and Offshore Facilities Act 2003. The MSIC will also cover security zones on offshore oil and gas facilities.

How do I know if I will need a MSIC?

If you require unmonitored access within a maritime security zone you will require a MSIC.  Please note an application for a MSIC card does not provide the right of entry to any facility.

If you are unsure as to whether or not you require an MSIC please contact your employer or the facility that you will be entering.

What is the cost of a MISC through Resource Industry Network?

The prices charged by Resource Industry Network for MSIC's are as follows:

Provisional (For people under the age of 18) - $200 inc. GST
2 years –  $270 inc. GST
4 years –  $480 inc. GST

Replacement Card - $150 inc. GST

Payment by cash or credit/debit card only at the time of appointment unless otherwise arranged.


How to apply for an MSIC?

You need to attend an appointment in person.  Bookings are essential and can be made through msicmky@resourceindustrynetwork.org.au or by phoning 07 4952 4184. There can be up to a two week wait for appointments.  Appointments are conducted at our office, Building 58, 153 Boundary Road, Ooralea (on the CQ University Grounds).


What documents will I need to fill in or provide to get a MSIC?

All applicants must complete the Port of Brisbane online MSIC awareness training prior to their appointment.  Click here to complete the online program via the Port of Brisbane website. 

You will need to complete and sign an application and a consent form, which will be done at your appointment and you must provide proof of identity. Please bring these identification documents with you to your appointment:

  • Birth Certificate or Passport - Australian and New Zealand passports can be accepted up to 2 years after their expiry date. All other passports must be valid.
  • Valid Driver licence 

 Original documents must be provided

Additionally you will need to provide a Letter of Operational Need. Download the template for this here

MSIC Letter of Operational Needs Template MSIC Letter of Operational Needs Template (24 KB)

If you have had a change of name (deed poll, marriage etc.) and it reflects on your ID, please supply original documents to prove legal change of name.

What Background Checks will I undergo?

The background check is a two-part process. It involves:

  • A criminal history background check by the Australian Federal Police (AFP)
  • A security assessment conducted by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)

How long will my application take?

Applications can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to become approved. Once approved you will receive an email from the Port Of Brisbane notifying you of your approval.

A few days after you receive this email you will receive a text message informing you that your card is now available to collect.

Where do I collect my MSIC card from?

Cards can be collected from Resource Industry Network within the stated Business Trading Hours. Cards will not be posted out and only the card holder will be permitted to collect the card and sign for the card in person.

How long do I have to collect my MSIC card?

Cards will remain with Resource Industry Network for 6 months after the signing date on your application. If MSIC cards have not been collected within a 6 month period, the card will be cancelled by the Port Of Brisbane and a new application will need to be made.