Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC)

MWPA Geraldton MSIC Office

Office Location MWPA Administration Building, 298 Marine Terrace, Geraldton WA 6530
Open Hours (General Enquiries) 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday
MSIC Applications and Renewals Book an MSIC Appointment
Phone (08) 9964 0582

Requirement to hold an MSIC

From 1 January 2007 the Federal Government requires anyone working within the secure area of Geraldton Port to hold and display an identification card known as a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC). The Mid West Ports Authority, as an Issuing Body for MSIC cards, is currently processing and issuing MSIC cards.

On 29 June 2010 the Office of Transport Security made amendments to the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Regulations 2003 (the Regulations).

The Regulations commenced in two phases:

Phase 1: On 1 July 2010

New Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) eligibility criteria offence categories took effect on 1 July 2010. All MSIC applications and renewals will be background checked against the new offence eligibility criteria.

Full List of the Eligibility Criteria Offence Category

Phase 2: On 1 December 2010

The card validity, suspension provisions, further additional background checking requirements, new penalties for MSIC holders failing to report a maritime security relevant offence and issuing bodies failing to cancel or suspend an MSIC, took effect on 1 December 2010. The validity of an MSIC will be reduced from five years to four, with an additional background check to be conducted biennially.

This amendment will also provide the MSIC holder with the option of a 4-year card with a biennial background check or a 2-year card with one background check. The current appeal mechanisms available to all MSIC applicants who have been found ineligible will remain unchanged.

Do I need an MSIC?

  • Do you work on the wharves or onboard a ship?
  • Do you need access to a maritime security zone to deliver or pick up cargo?
  • Do you need access to a maritime security zone to provide goods or services?
  • Do you need access to a maritime security zone more than once a year?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you need to apply for an MSIC.

All persons having an operational need to work unescorted in the maritime security zone will be required to apply for an MSIC.

Booking an MSIC Appointment

To book an appointment to renew or apply for a Maritime Security Identification Card please select a date and time using the link below:

Book an MSIC Appointment

The application is processed through the Mid West Ports Authority. This process includes an AusCheck Background Check and an MWPA Site Induction.

You will need your original identification documents, letter of operational need and completed application when you attend your appointment. Applications that are not completed in full and all supporting documents provided will need to re-book online. Payment is required on the day and no refund will be given. Applications will be held for a maximum of three months where there are issues that cannot be resolved on the day, after three months the application will be withdrawn and archived. A new application will need to be submitted and supporting documents supplied again, payment will be required again.

The minimum requirement for the Letter of Operational Need has changed, a template is available here

The application for a Maritime Security Identification Card is available here

MSIC – Proof of identity: Information for applicants


In-person presentation

Applicants for an MSIC are required to verify their identity. Applicants verify their identity by providing selected documents that collectively provide sufficient evidence of the applicant’s identity. All MSIC applicants must present in person with the original documents used in their application to verify their identity.

This includes, where appropriate, linking documents that verify the use of multiple names and translations of identity documents that are not in English. The applicant is wholly responsible for obtaining and presenting documents that fully meet the regulatory requirements for verifying his or her identity as part of applying for an MSIC.

MWPA will not accept an application for an MSIC unless and until the applicant has presented in person with a full suite of original documents that meet the regulatory requirements for verifying the identity of the applicant.

The requirement for applicants to present in person with original documents means it is no longer necessary to provide certified true copies of documents – either in hard copy or in electronic form – for this purpose.

MAR-PRO-002/FRM02 Maritime Security Identification Card Application

MAR-PRO-003/FRM01 Application for Access to Mid West Ports Authority with MSIC from Another Issuing Body

MAR-PRO-003/FRM05 MSIC Change of Details Form

MAR-PRO-002/FRM07 MSIC Replacement Lost Stolen Damaged

MAR-PRO-002/FRM08 MSIC Replacement Change of Name

MAR-PRO-002/FRM09 MSIC Replacement Surrendered

MAR-PRO-002/FRM10 MSIC Replacement Visa Extension

MAR-PRO-002/FRM11 MSIC Surrender

MSIC Letter of Operational Needs Template

Application Cost

Full payment will be required at the time of the interview either by cheque or credit card (Visa or Master Card). No refund will be given.

  • 2-year Standard MSIC cost $250 including GST
  • 4-year Standard MSIC cost $400 including GST
  • ASIC to an MSIC holder cost $125 including GST
  • Replacement Card for any reason cost $70 including GST

Following your Application

If your application is successful, your new MSIC will be returned to the Mid West Ports Authority approximately four weeks after your application has been submitted – please do not contact us regarding the status of your application before this period expires. Each applicant will have to collect and sign for their individual card.

Safety & Security Induction

All MSIC applicants are required to complete the Mid West Ports Authority's Induction prior to the issue of their card.

The Induction can now only be completed online via MWPA's website under the Health, Safety and Environment tab. Allow around 90 minutes, depending on whether all questions are answered correctly first time. 

  • Inductions are valid for two years.
  • The induction program is divided into a number of sections with questions at the end of each section.
  • The applicant cannot move to the next section until all questions are answered correctly.
  • Once the induction is completed an induction certificate will be e-mailed to the applicant.