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 commence in two phases:

Phase 1: On 1 July 2010

New Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) eligibility criteria offence categories will take effect. 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 a MSIC, will take effect. 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 a MSIC.

All persons having a genuine work related reason to be in the maritime security zone will be required to apply for a MSIC.

Application Information

The application can be processed through the Mid West Ports Authority or any other West Australian Issuing Body. This process will include an AusCheck Background Check and MWPA HSEQ Induction.

Booking an MSIC Appointment

All MSIC applications with MWPA are required to be booked on line via MWPA's booking portal. Your appointment will be confirmed by the MSIC officer by reply e-mail.

Book an MSIC Appointment

Apply for an MSIC

To apply, you need the following documents completed:

MAR-PRO-003_FRM03 Maritime Security Identification Card Application Guide (2 pages)

MAR-PRO-003_FRM02 Maritime Security Identification Card Application Form (2 pages)

MAR-PRO-003_FRM01 Application for Access to Mid West Ports Authority with MSIC from Another Issuing Body (1 Page)

MAR-PRO-003_FRM05 MSIC Change of Details Form

MAR-PRO-003_FRM07 MSIC Replacement Card Application

MSIC Letter of Operational Needs Template

Application Cost

Full payment will be required at the time of the interview either by cash, 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 Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Quality 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 30-40 minutes, depending on whether all questions are answered correctly first time. 

  • Inductions are valid for three years.
  • The induction program is divided into a number of sections with questions at the end of each section.
  • The inductee cannot move to the next section until all questions are answered correctly.
  • If a question is answered incorrectly the section will replay.
  • Once the induction is completed a link will be displayed that allows the induction card to be printed out and this will need to be retained by workers while on site.