Port service providers

Port service providers are operators of tugs, lighters, barges, line handling boats and pilotage services, can have their operations covered under the port security plan or port facility operator's security plan. Where operations are not covered, a port service provider may security assess their operations and develop their own security plan.

Compliance with other maritime operator's security plans

A maritime security plan sets out the security measures and procedures to be implemented to safeguard against acts of unlawful interference with maritime transport or offshore facilities. As a port service provider, it is a requirement to comply with the security plan of any other maritime operator.

In some cases a port service provider may have negotiated particular security measures for which only they are responsible. If this is the case, these measures will need to be agreed in writing, with the port service provider and maritime operator.

Upcoming changes—mid-2016

From mid-2016 port service providers will no longer be required to have a security plan and can instead have their operations covered under a port security plan or a port facility operator's security plan. Until these changes are made, port service providers must continue to comply with current security plans until the amendments commence. This change will benefit industry by reducing the costs of security regulation. Find out more about these changes or contact maritime.security@infrastructure.gov.au

All other maritime industry participants

Contractors and port or port facility users are required to comply with their employer's and/or any other approved security plans in force at the port.

Regulatory guidance, tools and templates

A range of guidance, templates and resources for maritime operators.