Discretionary maritime security identification cards (MSICs): Frequently asked questions

What if I have a criminal record?

Depending on the offences that you have been convicted of, it may not be possible to obtain an MSIC. If you have an adverse criminal record you will not be eligible to be issued with an MSIC. However, in certain circumstances you may apply to be issued a discretionary card.

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What is the definition of an adverse criminal record?

A person has an adverse criminal record if they have been convicted of a maritime security relevant offence and sentenced to imprisonment for the offence (including a suspended sentence, periodic detention, home-based detention, and detention until the rising of the court).

What is a maritime security relevant offence?

A maritime security relevant offence is an offence of a kind mentioned in this table or a similar offence against a law of a State or Territory or of any other country or part of a country.

Speeding fines, parking tickets, general driving offences and minor drug offences are not considered to be maritime security relevant offences.

What can I do if my discretionary MSIC application is refused?

If your application for a discretionary MSIC is refused, you may lodge a further request to the Office of Transport Security for your application to be reconsidered. For more information, contact your issuing body, or email idsecurity@infrastructure.gov.au

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your second request, you may appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, by phone 1300 366 700.