​​​​Report a maritime security incident

A maritime security incident must be reported to the department under Part 9 of the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003

Maritime industry participants are required to report maritime security incidents as soon as possible. 

You must report within 24 hours of first becoming aware of the incident.

Reports must be in writing and can be made by completing the maritime security incident report form. 

We recommend you use the form as it contains all the compulsory information for a complete report.

Reports can also be made by emailing transport.security@homeaffairs.gov.au.

An initial report may be made by telephone, but must be followed up with a written report within 24 hours:

  • 1300 791 581 (option 1) (in Australia)
  • +61 2 5127 8995 (from outside Australia)

​What the report must contain

The report must contain as much information as possible at the time of making the report.

Within 24 hours, you must provide in writing any extra compulsory information that you become aware of about the incident .

The formal requirements for making a report and all the information required is specified in the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security (Incident Reporting) Instrument 2018.

A report that does not contain all the required information is deemed under subsection 182(3) of the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act to not have been made.