Maritime Security Identification Cards (MSIC)

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 authorised issuing body for MSICs facilitated through the Port of Brisbane.


  • Due to scheduled industry events, the RIN office is closed for MSIC appointments or collections on the following 2024 dates - June 14, July 11, August 9, August 23, September 12, October 4, October 23, November 1, December 5
  • Other 2024 date closures - June 20 (Mackay Show Holiday)



What is a MSIC?

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 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 be aware that 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. *Please note that you will not be able to apply for an MSIC card without a letter of operation need from your employer.

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

The prices charged by Resource Industry Network for MSIC Applications are as seen below:

Provisional (For people under the age of 18) - $220 inc. GST

  • 2 years –  $295 inc. GST
  • 4 years –  $530 inc. GST
  • Replacement Card - $125 inc. GST

Payment by credit/debit card ONLY at the time of appointment unless otherwise arranged.

How to complete a MSIC application

Resource Industry Network is an authorised Issuing body facilitated through the Port of Brisbane. Please be aware that we only have a limited number of appointments available each week therefore we are not always able to offer an appointment at short notice. 

All applicants must attend and appointment in person. Bookings are essential and can be made via emailing or by phoning or texting 0408 638 968. There can be up to a two week wait for appointments. All appointments are conducted at our office located at 65 Crichtons Road, Paget, Mackay, QLD, 4740.

Download the MSIC Requirements PDF here:







What document will I be required to fill in or provide at the time of my MSIC appointment?

Port of Brisbane online MSIC awareness training  

All applicants must complete the Port Of Brisbane online MSIC awareness training prior to the appointment. Please CLICK HERE (this induction must be performed using the Internet Explorer browser) to complete the online induction via the Port of Brisbane website.

Please note that the online induction does require you to recall the last 10 years of your residencies.  


Letter of Operational Need

All applicants need to provide a Letter of Operational Need. This letter must be written by the employer to state why the applicant requires a MSIC Card. Please note the letter must contain the applicant's full name and job title.


Download the template for this here:

MSIC Letter of Operational Needs Template


You will need to complete and sign your application, which will be done at the time of your appointment and you must provide proof of identity.


A minimum of three (3) Identification documents are required (one of each from category A, B and C)  A category D document is only required if the category A, B or C does not display proof of a current residential address.


  • Category A: The start of your identity in Australia

  1.  Australian Birth Certificate - Original Only - NO Birth Extracts, Commemorative Birth Certificates or Certified copies will be accepted
  2. Australian citizenship Certificate
  3. Australian Visa - Current Work Visa / Resident Visa Label will be accepted – Must be presented with supporting foreign passport (supporting passport may be expired but must be original) 
  4. Immi Cards


  • Category B: Link between the identity and person by means of photo and signature 

  1. ** This is a Government-issued document (must be different to category A). Must contain applicants photo and signature and be current and valid **
  2. Drivers licence – If current address is NOT provided on the drivers licence please provide category D identification
  3. Proof of age card
  4. Passport - all passports in category B must be valid
  5. Australian photo Firearm licence
  6. Australian photo security licence


  • Category C: Evidence of person operating in the community with their identity

  1. Medicare card
  2. Credit card or bank card
  3. Marriage Certificate / Divorce Certificate / Change of Name Certificate
  4. Current MSIC Card
  5. Australian photo Security licence



  • Category D: Evidence of current residential address

** Only required if categories A, B or C do not contain the current residential address. Documents must be less than 6 months old **
  1. Utility Bill
  2. Property lease or rental agreement
  3. Taxation notice
  4. Rates notice
  5. Motor Vehicle Registration
  6. Financial Institute statement


Please supply the original documents to prove legal change of name. A full paper trail of changes of names needs to be provided.

THE RESOURCE INDUSTRY Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC)

An MSIC is a nationally consistent identification card that states the holder has undergone a background check and is cleared to work unescorted or unmonitored in a maritime security zone.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 3-6 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.

What to do if your MSIC card has been Lost or Stolen?

If a replacement card is NOT required, please complete a Statutory Declaration form signed by a Justice of the Peace stating that you have lost your MSIC card (or that your MSIC card was stolen) and the date. Return the signed original Statutory Declaration to the RIN office.  Please do not hesitate to call or text the MSIC office if you require assistance on 0408 638 968.

If a replacement card IS required you will need to complete the following:

  • Make a new appointment to process your replacement card application by phoning or texting 0408 638 968.  We will email you the required Statutory Declaration to complete.
  • Complete the Statutory Declaration and have it signed by a Justice of the Peace. If your MSIC card has been stolen, your statutory declaration MUST contain the police report number as well. 
  • Additionally, you will need to provide a new Letter of Operational Need from your employer
  • You will be required to supply identification documents as requested when you call for your appointment.
  • You will also be required to have a new photo taken for your card

How to change your name on your MSIC card?

If you have had a change of name, you are required to have this name change reflected on your MSIC card. You will be required to apply for a replacement card and will need to complete the following;

  • Make a new appointment to process your replacement card application
  • You will be required to show full proof of identity again
  • Original Birth Certificate or Passport (Australian and New Zealand passports must be valid. All other passports must be valid)
  • Valid Drivers Licence
  • Provide full change of name documentation eg: Change of Name Certificate / Marriage Certificate / Divorce Certificate (must provide full paper trail of name)
  • Additionally you will need to provide a new Letter Of Operational Need from your employer
  • You will also be required to have a new photo taken for your card

I need to renew my MSIC card. What is the process?

It is the same process of application for a NEW MSIC as it is for a RENEWAL of your MSIC.  All original ID has to be sighted by our MSIC officer and an online induction completed with 10 year residential history, new photos taken, together with a current Letter of Operational Need. There are times when the ID requirements of Auscheck are updated, and you will be requested to comply with the requirements in place at the time of your MSIC application interview, despite what ID you have used in a previous MSIC application.

Recruitment Personnel

Should you be in a position where you are required to inform new personnel about their MSIC requirements please download this comprehensive MSIC Requirements PDF to keep on file or email to your employee.