99% of our nation’s trade is done by sea. Fewer locally owned and operated ships have left Australia at the mercy of foreign markets. For example, Australia is only ever three weeks away from running out of fuel. This is an unacceptable threat to our livelihood and national security.
More foreign owned vessels with less trained masters have also increased the probability of a catastrophic environmental disaster occurring on our doorstep.
As an island nation with over $1.2 billion worth of goods imported and exported every day, we can’t afford to abandon our shipping industry.
Join us in fighting for more investment in shipping, before more Australian ships and maritime jobs are lost overseas forever.
"There are too few opportunities for Australian seafarers, we need the government to invest in our coastal shipping trade and create more jobs for seafarers."
“Without Australian ships and seafarers, we’re extremely vulnerable. To get our industry going, I’d really like to see tax breaks for Australian shipping and seafarers.”
“I’m a third generation seafarer but I’m definitely not encouraging my son to join the industry because without government incentives, we won’t have an Australian shipping industry”