Port of Brisbane is a security regulated port as specified in the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act (MTOFSA) and Regulation 2003.

In addition to PBPL's approved Maritime Security Plan and Port-Wide Risk Assessment, security regulated ships, port facilities and port service providers also have maritime security plans, compliant with MTOFSA and International Ship & Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), which outline the measures and procedures undertaken to protect vessels that trade in Australian seaports and the port infrastructure that services those vessels.

Port Access 

Maritime Security Levels (MARSEC)

The Port of Brisbane is at Maritime Security Level 1
Maritime security threat levels:

  • Level 1 – Normal business operations - Standard security measures maintained at all times.

  • Level 2 – Heightened risk of security incident – Targeted security measures implemented

  • Level 3 – A security incident is probable or imminent - Highest threat level, higher security measures must be maintained

Restricted Zones at the port

Access to the security regulated port is controlled by perimeter fencing, control points, identity cards, signage and CCTV. Signs are positioned around the port, and indicate land and waterside restricted zones. Penalties apply if anyone enters a restricted zone.

Waterside Access

Under no circumstances is fishing allowed under any wharf at the port or within 30 metres of a wharf or a vessel located at the wharf.

Waterside access to operating wharves is restricted to 30 metres from the wharves or 30 metres from a vessel berthed at the wharf.  These areas are protected under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 and the required Port Notice has been published. A maximum penalty of 100 units ($7,500) may apply for failure to comply with the Port Notice.

Waterside Restricted Zones may be activated under the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003. The areas to be activated as Waterside Restricted Zones have been gazetted.  Unauthorised access to Waterside Restricted Zones carries a penalty of 50 units (or $3,750). We conduct regular patrols of the waterside area with our security patrol vessels.

In the interest of detecting and deterring any unauthorised activity within the port, we ask you please follow these rules and requests.

Security Charges

In accordance with MTOFSA, PBPL is responsible for maritime security of all common user facilities, waterside areas at the Port of Brisbane and the facilitation and maintenance of the port wide security regime.

In order to recover costs from security measures implemented and ongoing at the Port of Brisbane, we have a cargo-based security charge.

Charges have been calculated to reflect relative risk and time allocation of resources. Please click here for more information.

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Photographs at the port

The Port of Brisbane is a security regulated port and taking photographs in restricted port areas is not permitted. Restricted areas include waterside port operations like Patrick, DP World, AAT, Sunstate Cement, GrainCorp and QBH. If you would like to access these areas for photography or filming, you must approach the operator and seek their permission.

Photographing is only permitted in the following unrestricted areas:

  • Visitors Centre observation deck (level 7, Port Office) and Cafe, Port Central Avenue

  • Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost, Lucinda Drive, Port of Brisbane

  • Whyte Island Boat Ramp, Port of Brisbane