Obligations for maritime security identification card (MSIC) holders

As an MSIC holder you must return your MSIC to the issuing body within 30 days after:

  • it expires;
  • is cancelled;
  • has been damaged, altered or defaced (permanently or temporarily); or
  • you no longer have an operational need to enter a secure area at least once a year.

Failure to do so may incur a penalty of up to $1,800.

As an MSIC holder you must notify your issuing body within 7 days, if your MSIC is lost, stolen or destroyed. Notification must be in the form of a statutory declaration or police report.

If you are an MSIC holder who has changed your name, you must notify your issuing body within 30 days after the change. Your MSIC will not be valid one month after the day on which the change is made.

If you are convicted of a maritime-security relevant offence, you must notify your issuing body or AusCheck, in writing, within seven days.

Obligations for four year MSIC holders

As a four year MSIC holder you must notify your MSIC issuing body of all changes to your name and permanent residential address at least 2 years and 30 days before the MSIC expiry date printed on your card. This is required as part of the follow-up background check.

This must be done in the following ways:

Changes to your name:

You must report all changes to your name in writing to your MSIC issuing body. This may be done by letter, fax or email to your issuing body or by completing a form in person.

Changes to permanent residential address

You must report all changes to your address in writing to your MSIC issuing body. This may be done by letter, fax or email to your issuing body or by completing a form in person.

Displaying an MSIC

Unless exempted under a Notice by the Secretary of the Department, your MSIC must be clearly visible at all times when in a relevant secure area.

An MSIC must be displayed in the following ways:

  • attached to your outer clothing;
  • at or above waist height;
  • at the front or side of your body or on a band around your upper arm; and
  • with the whole front of the MSIC clearly visible.

If you are using an invalid MSIC, incorrectly displaying or misusing an MSIC, then you may be fined or prosecuted.