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Supporting the import and export of goods across oceans and seas, as well as tourism.

48% of maritime businesses are involved in tourism
vacancies per month
Adverts for Marine Transport Professionals have tripled since the COVID peak
qualification enrolments
Maritime enrolments increased by 14.5% in the last year
60 RTOs are explicitly authorised to deliver maritime training
workforce growth
to 2028. Australian ports handle 10% of global sea trade

Source left-right: Enterprises; ABS Counts of Australian Businesses, Online Vacancies; JSA - Internet Vacancy Index, Qualification Enrolments; NCVER, RTO's;, Workforce Growth; IBISWorld Industry Wizard.

The maritime industry is highly regulated with a diverse range of occupations, business types, sizes and locations. The Commonwealth Government has signalled its intention to strengthen Australia’s maritime fleet by adding additional Australian flagged vessels.

The latest report into Australia’s Blue Economy, shows the marine industry is one of the country’s fastest growing. Tourism is the largest individual sub-sector of the marine industry, this is followed by the marine oil and gas sector followed by fishing. With these sectors growing it is placing pressure on enterprises to get qualified staff.

In a highly regulated, qualifications focused sector, this will present challenges in not only producing the required number of seafarers but co-ordination in the industry to ensure sufficient access to training berths on vessels can be secured.

The diverse workforce employs a range of occupations, with a gender composition of 29% Female / 71% Male in 2023 across 1,476 enterprises.

Maritime Training Package

The Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system aims to provide individuals with work-ready skills for the labour market – skills that businesses and industries need to be highly productive and internationally competitive. 

The Maritime Training Package meets the needs of the industry and regulator and provides nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications for the occupations including, Master, Marine Engine Driver, Marine Engineering, Integrated Ratings, Linesperson.

Maritime Strategic Workforce Planning Committee

Industry Skills Australia has established a Strategic Workforce Planning Committee for each major industry to sit at the heart of the Jobs and Skills Council. Comprising senior industry leaders, these Committees are the central mechanism through which industry is empowered to identify its immediate and emerging skill needs and the responses that are needed by the national skills system, industry and governments. 

The Committees work on behalf of industry to shape and oversee the development of the National Workforce Plan based on intelligence and consultation with key stakeholders from across Australia. The Maritime Industry Strategic Workforce Planning Committee membership was established in November 2023. The Committee comprises of:

  • Angela Gillham (Chair), Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL) 

  • Glen Williams (Deputy Chair), Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) 

  • Chris Ha, SeaLink  

  • Clayton Nelson, Austral Fisheries  

  • Fuji D’Sousa, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) 

  • Gareth Phillips, Assoc of Marine Park Tourism Operators 

  • Jeff Hinnrichsen, Marine Certification Solutions Pty Ltd 

  • Joanne Mackintosh, Australian Defence Force 

  • Josh Day, Teekay Shipping 

  • Martin Byrne, Australian Institute of Marine Power Engineers 

  • Tracey Ellis, Australian Maritime Officers Union  

For any enquiries about the Maritime Strategic Workforce Planning Committee, contact the Industry Engagement Manager, Anna Jerrems.



Draft 2024 Workforce Plan

Workforce Plans set out the workforce development challenges and opportunities facing the industry and serve as a roadmap for the future by identifying what industry, the national skills system and governments need to do to build an agile, highly productive and resilient workforce.

For more information about the Workforce Plans please contact Anna Jerrems.

2023 Initial Workforce Plan

Workforce Planning is the strategic centrepiece for Jobs and Skills Councils to inform and establish each of their other functions. An Initial Workforce Plan has been developed by Industry Skills Australia for each of our four industries: Maritime, Rail, Transport and Logistics (including Omni-channel Logistics and Distribution) and Aviation (including Space Transport and Logistics). 

In developing the Initial Workforce Plan, we leveraged our deep understanding of ‘the state of play’ across each of the four industries to produce four Skills Priorities Papers. These papers outlined common megatrends impacting industries and specific workforce challenges and opportunities.  Following targeted consultation with ‘critical friends’ including State and Territory Training Authorities, these Skills Priorities Papers formed the backbone of our workforce plans. 

Informed by this consultation and a quantitative and qualitative evidence base, Industry Skills Australia’s 2023 Initial Workforce Plans provide an important baseline for our Strategic Workforce Planning Committees as they embark on developing the 2024 Workforce Plans for their sectors. 



As an island nation we are tied to the sea. The Maritime industry is continually evolving and the demand for skills, both new and traditional, is ever increasing as new systems and technologies gain traction both onshore and at sea. A career in this sector can be stimulating, challenging and exciting and offers a great sense of pride and achievement for those with a passion for the sea. The industry has a high demand for skills as new systems and technologies gain traction both onshore and at sea. There are many diverse job and career opportunities on offer within the Maritime industry.

Your Industry Engagement Manager

Anna Jerrems

With over 20 years’ experience in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, Anna has developed an extensive knowledge of the VET system. Her roles have involved RTO management, compliance, stakeholder engagement, and contract management. Anna holds qualifications in education and training, VET policy and auditing.

How to get involved

Great ideas to address these challenges and many more can come from anyone and anywhere. Whether you’d like to collaborate with us, share your ideas, get involved in our activities or simply stay informed, get in touch now to join us on the journey.

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