Senate Inquiries into Australian Shipping

The Senate is conducting inquiries into Australian shipping and its interaction with other modes of transport, along with ports, crews and maritime safety.


Late last year, the Senate moved that the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 13 August 2019. Submissions should be received by 5 March 2019. 

The policy, regulatory, taxation, administrative and funding priorities for Australian shipping, with particular reference to:

  1. new investment in Australian ships and building a maritime cluster in Australia;
  2. the establishment of an efficient and commercially-oriented coastal ship licensing system and foreign crew visa system; 
  3. the interaction with other modes of freight transport, non-freight shipping and government shipping;
  4. maritime security, including fuel security and foreign ship and crew standards;
  5. environmental sustainability;
  6. workforce development and the seafarer training system;
  7. port infrastructure, port services and port fees and charges; and
  8. any related matters. 

The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committees cover the following portfolios: Agriculture and Water Resources, and Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation are also conducting an inquiry into the performance of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority under Standing Order 25 (2) (a). Submissions Close: 29 March 2019.

Committee Secretariat contact:
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
The Parliament of Australia website: https://www.aph.gov.au/


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