Cargo terminal entry & exit requirements

Entry and exit requirements apply for Victorian Ports Corporation Melbourne (VPCM) cargo terminal under the Customs and AusCheck Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Other Measures) Act 2013 (Cwlth) (the Act).

There are no exceptions to the access requirements.

VPCM’s Station Pier facility (excluding TT-Line leased area) is classified as a cargo terminal under the Act.

Entry and exit requirements

A person must be nominated in writing by the cargo terminal hirer, shipping agent or ship’s Master, as an approved person to enter the cargo terminal area of Station Pier. This includes international seafarers.

  • If the person has a valid Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC), issued to them:
    • with approved electronic swipe card access authority, swiping the card at the card reader will allow entry and exit
    • without access authority - they must use the visual verification system at the entry gate to identify themselves and display their MSIC to the Front Gate Security to allow entry and exit.
  • If the person is not an MSIC holder they must have a VPCM-approved MSIC escort in place (charged in accordance with the VPCM Reference Tariff Schedule). They must identify themselves and provide photographic proof of identification to the person performing the escort.

How to nominate a person to enter a VPCM cargo terminal

To nominate staff or contractors with an operational need to enter VPCM’s cargo terminal, send an email to and ask for a Terminal Access Request form. Complete all fields and return to the sender.

How to apply for electronic swipe card access

To apply for electronic swipe card access you must hold an MSIC and undertake the VPCM Online Safety Induction.

To apply, please send an email to and ask for an Electronic Swipe Card Application.

Then enrol for, and complete the VPCM Online Safety Induction.

After successfully completing the induction, take your certificate of completion, your MSIC and your swipe card application form, to Station Pier, Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne, during business hours, to receive your card.

Reasons for the requirements

As a cargo terminal operator, VPCM has a statutory obligation to record and produce to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on request, the date, time and particulars of every person who enters a VPCM cargo terminal.

More information

For more information about the Act, please refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Cargo terminal entry & exit requirements